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    The Hungarian authorities are planning to close almost all refugee facilities across the country, planning to build only two new camps to replace them.

    On Wednesday, a representative of the country's ruling faction Fidesz stated that there will be only two refugee camps in the country, while the rest are expected to be closed, local media reported.

    The facilities will be located in the towns of Körmend and Szentgotthárd in the west of the country on its border with Austria, Hungary Today reported, referring to local media.

    The government is reportedly intending to close the facilities at the settlements of Nagyfa, Kiskunhalas, Békéscsaba and Nyírbátor.

    The official reason behind the measure is the fact that the facilities in the settlements have gradually become empty. Hungarian media refer to the head of the ruling conservative Fidesz party's parliamentary group, Lajos Kósa, who argued that two camps will be enough to house refugees currently staying in the country.

    Hungary became one of the first EU member states to demonstrate its criticism of the recent open-door policy toward refugees by building a razor wire fence on its borders with Serbia and Croatia.

    Other members of the so called Visegard Group including Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia supported this approach, saying they prefer to take better care of their own people rather than supply refugees fleeing other countries.

    For many months, Europe has been beset by a massive refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants fleeing their home countries in the Middle East and North Africa to escape violence and poverty. The current migration crisis is considered the worst since WWII.

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