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    Migrant U-Turn: Hungary Calls for Global Refugee Quota System

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    Hungary has remained defiant against EU proposals to sign up to a quota system for asylum seekers fleeing to Europe - building razor wire fences and closing its country's borders. But now the country is calling for a quota system - on a global scale - not a European one.

    "This is not a refugee crisis or a migrant crisis, it's a mass popular movement with an unlimited supply of people," Hungarian foreign minister, Peter Szijjarto, told reporters at the United Nations gathering of world leaders.

    A razor wire fence installed by Hungarian soldiers is seen at the border between Hungary and Slovenia near Tornyiszentmiklos, 245 kms southwest of Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015
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    A razor wire fence installed by Hungarian soldiers is seen at the border between Hungary and Slovenia near Tornyiszentmiklos, 245 kms southwest of Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015

    Hungary has received harsh criticism from European governments for its response to the refugee crisis. 

    Instead of agreeing to an EU-wide quota system for asylum seekers, the country has reinforced its borders with Serbia and Croatia, drafting in the army to help police contain refugees, desperately trying to reach Western Europe's passport-free Schengen zone.

    The Hungarian government has also commissioned an international advertizing agency warning refugees to stay away from the Eastern European country, using advertisements in newspapers and on billboards in Lebanon, where many of the refugees live in camps. 

    But Hungary's foreign minister has rejected the criticism of his country's handling of the crisis, defending the decision to build fences on its borders:

    "We're not doing it for fun. We suggest that all major players should bear some burden. We should introduce some world quotas."

    Nearly 300,000 migrants and refugees, mainly from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, have arrived in Hungary this year.

    In the call for world quotas, Peter Szijjarto said:

    "The major sources of this mass popular movement are countries which became unstable because of international political decisions. They were not made only by Europe."

    Meanwhile, Europe continues to struggle to find a solution to the refugee crisis, which is growing on a global scale and splitting the European Union apart, whether with fences or political opinions.

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