Two Afghan families were forced to leave Hungary and return to Serbia this week after their asylum claims were rejected. The chief of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has spoken out about the expulsion of the Afghans – among them a pregnant woman – calling it „a serious violation of international law.“
„[They] were taken to the border fence in the middle of the night and they were forced to leave for Serbia in the middle of nowhere,“ András Léderer from the Hungarian Helsinki Committee explains. Serbia declined to accept the families when the Hungarian authorities first refused these families asylum,“ Léderer explains. That prompted the Hungarians to try and deport them to Afghanistan, in conjunction with the European border agency, Frontex. They were then offered the ‚choice‘: fly back to Afghanistan, or return to Serbia.