Asylum Seekers Flood Into Hungary

The European Union is experiencing a steep rise in the number of Kosovar citizens smuggling themselves into the affluent bloc in search of a better life, with 23,000 migrants reaching Hungary in the first six weeks of 2015, compared to 6,000 for the whole of 2013. This influx follows a relaxation of travel rules allowing Kosovars to reach EU borders via Serbia and has coincided with political turmoil and unrest in Kosovo fueled by poverty, high unemployment, and economically debilitating corruption. Though most migrants are Kosovar Albanians, the Associated Press reports that many are Syrians, Afghans, Iraqis, and others. Once migrants are inside Hungary, they are able to travel freely to most other EU nations. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres has called for the EU to consider imposing a quota system to force its nations to more equitably handle the spike in asylum seekers. The rush of refugees into Europe comes as the number of people driven from their homes by conflict and crisis tops 50 million, a first since World War II, according to the UNHCR.
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