In the summer of 2015, Hungary built a fence. Residents in the village of Röszke saw workers erect a 4-meter-high fence tipped with razorwire along the Serbo-Hungaian border. Since the fence has gone up, the number of asylum seekers crossing the border has fallen dramatically. Yet critics argue that people are just going around the fence, crossing into different countries or attempting the dangerous journey by sea.

Hungary is part of a group of EU Member States, including Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland, who have either already built border fences to stem the influx of refugees or are considering it. Activists say these fences have caused tremendous environmental harm because they cut across wildlife habitats (and, of course, are visually very ugly). They also risk putting even greater pressure on countries such as Greece and Italy as refugee flows are diverted in their direction.

However, there is no doubt that less people are now crossing into Hungary. From the exodus of 2015 when up to 7,000 people were crossing every day, the number of daily crossings in early 2016 fell to just 116. So, has the fence been worth it?

In order to take a closer look at the local impact of the refugee crisis, we launched our ‘Cities & Refugees‘ project – aimed at fostering a Europe-wide dialogue between citizens, refugees and asylum seekers, NGOs, politicians, and European leaders. The emphasis will be on connecting local, everyday life at the city level to decisions made in Brussels and national capitals.

This week, we are looking at Röszke, Hungary. The village of Röszke is located 3 kilometers away from the border with Serbia. It was a hotspot for conflict between police and refugees in 2015, when police fired tear gas and water cannons to scatter asylum seekers trying to cross into Hungary. Röszke is now one of two transit zones where asylum seekers can legally enter Hungary (though only handful of people per day are now allowed through this way). The waiting time for access to the transit zone is a minimum of 6 months.

Curious to know more about the refugees, border walls and fences? We’ve put together some facts and figures in the infographic below (click for a bigger version).

What do our readers think? We had a comment from Maia, who is very supportive of Hungary’s border fence. In fact, she thinks other countries should follow Hungary’s lead. But has the fence really been a success? Should it be expanded?

To get a response, we spoke to Boldizsár Nagy, Associate Professor of International Relations at the Central European University in Hungary and a specialist in refugee law. We did also contact representatives of Hungary’s ruling party, Fidesz, for them to take part in this debate, but they declined to participate.

So what did Professor Nagy think? Have the border fences been a success?

Success is always judged from the perspective of an actor. The government claims it is a success. I’m a refugee lawyer working with refugees, and I don’t think it’s a success. Moreover, I don’t think it’s a success from the point of the view for the government either, and certainly not from the perspective of asylum seekers and refugees because it makes it very difficult to get access to the territory and to get access to the procedure. So, from their point of view it’s a disaster. For the government, if the fence itself stopped people from arriving, of course it didn’t. Nobody would stay in Afghanistan or Eritrea simply because he or she knows there’s a fence. The answer was that it decreased the numbers for a few days, then it started to increase again. The major impact was that people turned towards Croatia when the fence was errected in 2015. It’s just pushing the buck on someone else. It’s a very unfriendly gesture politically with your neighbours, because you force them to take in the people who genuinely would have come to you. It’s not a success, not even from the point of view of the government.

Next, we had a comment from Antonios, who points out that many former Soviet countries (such as Hungary) have a history with fences. For many years during the Cold War, people were escaping to the West across fences. Does this make the building of fences not just a practical question, but a moral one as well?

Antonios, I would respond that, yes, you are right in your approach. However, I would broaden it and I would claim that states like the states of Eastern and Central Europe that were part of the Soviet Empire have a moral and historic duty. Moreover, many of these countries were also victims or perpetrators during fascist times, which also led to large-scale escapes from the country. So, we do owe a lot to other countries who helped our fellow citizens in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and so on.

So, that’s the larger picture. Because we were once countries of origin, can we today avoid our historic responsibility to pay back to history? Not necessarily to pay back to the same nations, but to pay back more broadly to history the loan we took up from them. Sometimes it’s reciprocal: in 1956, Hungarians fled to Yugoslavia; in 1991, people from former-Yugoslavia (at that time Croatia and Bosnia) fled to Hungary. That was reciprocity. But there is also a more indirect, subtle reciprocity. That is, as I say: Russians, or Czechs, or Hungarians had to escape communism. Now they should take in people fleeing from countries very similar to former communist regimes – think, for example, of Turkey.

Should more European countries build fences to keep out refugees? Are fences and walls counter to European values? Or are they a sensible reaction to an unprecedented crisis? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!

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What do YOU think?

  1. Katerina Kyriazi

    Yes! How hard is it for you to understand that the vast majority are illegal immigrants? Most Europeans are against this forced mass migration.

    • Alexander Tsankov

      By most Europeans you mean you, your friends and your shitty facebook pages that you follow. Just for example, you will see that if most Europeans are against this forced mass migration, they would never vote for Merkel to be next Chancellor of Germany, but unfortunately, for you, they will still choose her. Wonder why, if “most Europeans” are against mass migration. (Not to say that people do travel all around looking for a better existence, and this is not from yesterday. Its how the world moves. And what moves the world.

    • Katerina Kyriazi

      Yeah first of all inform your country Bulgaria and the wall they have build with Turkey, including the border guards and what they have been doing to all who are illegally crossing the border. Then you can talk about other countries you HYPOCRITE!

    • Paschalis Bourletsikas

      AlexanderTsankov Europeans don’t vote for a German chancellor it is the German citizens that do. what are you talking about…

    • Katerina Kyriazi

      But yeah you are a classic NIMBY case. You are more than willing to accuse everyone else about bigotry, racism etc but fail to see or accept what happens in your own backyard. However empty insults do not work any more so who cares what you say…

    • Matej Zaggy Zagorc

      This is true. At first I was like many others, ready to accept them with open arms. Then I kept myself informed, watched and studied who they are, how many, and compared that with what the media told us. All lies. Europe (Germany and to so extend France) want a cheap labour force and they took the short term solution that will very likely undermine our foundations.

    • Fernando Nabais

      Alexander Tsankov Katerina is right. The large majority of Europeans oppose this mass migration. Merkel will be elected chancellor again DESPITE having allowed all those “refugees” into Germain because the election is not a referendum on migration and people vote taking into account many other things. Even Merkel says that multiculturalism has utterly failed in Germany.

    • Dee O'brien

      This page is only an exercise in paying lip service,they know the bulk of them are economic migrants,they also know the bulk of Europeans are against this insane immigration…and yet they do nothing

  2. Sandrine Carlier

    Not efficient and besides we need to reinforce what already existe.
    A communication campaign would be better. The campaigner could show what happens to those who come to Europe with no skills ect…

    • Alessandro Pieroni

      Exactly, free movement within the Union and a giant wall outside.

    • José Bessa da Silva

      The EU does not have any borders. It can’t have. The EU is not a country. Uk has borders, Sweeden has borders, Greece has borders, not the EU.

    • Barbara Szela Lesniak

      José Bessa da Silva OK, so borders of those countries are EU borders ;)

    • José Bessa da Silva

      No they are not. The borders of those countries are their borders, their duty and their right. The EU is a supranational institution just like the UN. None have borders or any right to say what to do with them.

    • Paweł Kunio

      Any people? And how many of them till we declare its enough of them? You like majority of followers of western europes left seem to be delusional. You want them? Invite them to Your home and leave the decision for themselves to others.

    • Bódis Kata

      The people move freely inside Schengen. Traffic over the outer border has to be controlled and if the people do not use the legal border crossing stations for entering Schengen, then fencing is needed.

    • Paschalis Bourletsikas

      Marijana Nevezanić you have stated something obvious that she would not be able to comprehend

    • Giusi Nibbi

      :D i knew the ‘invite ’em to your home’ argument would not fail to be arisen. so, you mean that if you are pro-health coverage you should provide health care ‘in your home’? i am happy to have people from all over the world in my neighborough. I believe that fences and walls worsen things and do not solve anything

    • Paweł Kunio

      Why would he, the people should be free to flow through his apartment whenever and however many want. Its kind of funny that people who want unlimited refugees/migrants more often than not dont live in same districts as refugees/immigrants.

    • Márcia Rodrigues

      Yes, I agree with you. Let all the rapists and murderers come in without any control.

    • Giusi Nibbi

      i do live in the same district as refugees/immigrant

    • Giusi Nibbi

      rapists and murderers are well represented in all ‘groups’ of people. you are just full of fear and prejudices.

    • Fernando Ferreira

      Giusi Nibbi it’s interesting when you say your neighbourhood but not your home. Everyone has locks in their doors, every country develops upon rules established and those rules should be inforced. Illegal immigration is exactly that…illegal. If you accept everyone without control in your country, why should someone else support you when others decide to enter your house?

    • Giusi Nibbi

      as i argued before, the analogy home/country is inappropriate (no facilities we demand from our institutions are provided in ‘our homes’). and i believe we can assure border controls and immigration control through other means (like having clearer legal procedures to enter and supporting development in may ‘critical’ countries etc) then fences and walls.

    • José Bessa da Silva

      Actually you are wrong. You can indeed compare a country with a house.

      Ex: You love dogs and you decide to adopt tree dogs. One day, you go in the street and you see a pack of 10 starving dogs. You feel sorry for them, you may even cry a little, but you turn your face the other way and start walking because you know you can’t rescue all of them.

      In a larger scale that is what a border does. You can’t simply have an open border if migration influx is hight. It is all a matter of resources. You won’t be able to pay for your healthcare system if you are using that money paying to build houses to new citizens, etc. Everything must have a limite.

      PS: I’m against a fences just because of it’s cost-efficiency ratio.

    • Márcia Rodrigues

      So, if a person committed murderer, and says he lost his documentation, as soon as he steps into a boat he is considered by you as a ‘refugee’ and therefore should walk freely in the same streets as European citizens, is that what you’re saying?? How DUMB are you???

    • Giusi Nibbi

      as i wrote before, immigration can be managed and ‘controlled’ with other means than fences, walls, and hatred campains

    • Márcia Rodrigues

      You’re beyond naive, you’re totally delusional.

    • Giusi Nibbi

      no, in the long run, you are delusional :)

    • Bódis Kata

      Why would you promote the *illegal* crossing into Schengen, please tell?

    • Johnny Tranvai

      Giusi Nibbi, although things are slowly changing, we still have too many idiots in Italy and maybe in Europe that are following a sick ideology like yours. Do a favour to all of us: migrate to Congo and don’t come back anymore, thanks.

    • Giusi Nibbi

      :) – or you could be less of a moron

    • Giusi Nibbi

      Bodis: if there is no way to come legally, people will cross illegally. i would not PROMOTE illegal crossing. i would divesify the ways of managing the legal arrivals and hospitality + i would increase the awareness on the promotion of rule of law in the countries where the mass migration comes from + promote the birth control awareness etc

    • Giusi Nibbi

      oh well, it makes a lot of sense to me

    • Bódis Kata

      Ps: having no birth control is no reason for asylum. :D

    • Giusi Nibbi

      it’s not a matter of ‘reasons’ – it’s a matter of causes and consequences of a phenomenon.

    • Bódis Kata

      China had a huge threat of overpopulation. Instead of flooding other countries with many millions, they managed their problem even though traditional culture had placed a high value on having many children.
      These countries will never address their own overpopulation if they will be allowed to flood other lands with their population excess.

      The rule of law will never be any better if the people fed up with it just walk away instead of effecting a change.

      Most migrants, when honest, will admit that it’s all about the money. There are few real refugees among these people. There are 150 source countries and hundreds of thousands of illegitimate asylum seekers in the EU who refuse to go home.

      People who want to come to the EU to work should get a work visa, as many other thousands had already done so.

    • Giusi Nibbi

      oh really… what a great democracy China…

    • Paolo Ferrini

      Giusi Nibbi kill yourself, do a favour to the humanity

    • Giusi Nibbi

      Paolo Ferrini 😀 you must be such a sad human being ..,

  3. Bódis Kata

    Only along the Schengen border, where the legality of border crossing cannot be secured without it.

    There would be no need for the fences anywhere if the people used the legal border crossing points instead of running across fields and forests. Traffic over the Schengen border has to be controlled, as per the laws of the EU.

  4. Paweł Kunio

    Thing is the external borders are dangerously purous. They badly need reinforcing. Also unified policy of whom and how many to let enter the eu would be helpful. One more point is current situation puts unwanted pressure on southern european states to allow and keep refugee candidates. For example if Germany allows them, they should be let in at the external border but their upkeeping in temporary camps or the cost of transporting refugee candidate to Germany should get covered by Germany.

  5. Pantelis Papantoniou

    Wrong question. Right question is Should EU have an organized coast guard and specialised land task force to control its land and sea borders?

    • José Bessa da Silva

      No, it should not because the EU is not a country and therefore does not have “borders”.

    • José Bessa da Silva

      In fact I’m more entitled to my opinion than you are about yours. Mine does not force upon your mouth my ideology unlike yours that is trying to decide 500 million people’s future with no legitimacy.

    • Paul X

      The “right question” was already raised on here as a topic about a week ago……and the answer is….. it already has one called Frontex. The fact it is totally ineffective in what it does is just typical of most EU agencies

    • José Bessa da Silva

      Arrogance is to think one has the right to decide upon something or someone that is not your’s or under your care to decide. That is exactly what you are doing. You have your own country, stick your nose in there. You have no right whatsoever to have any word about my nation.

    • José Bessa da Silva

      Certainly the vast amout of arguments you gave to justify your ideological tyrany makes you the “deep thinker”. Oh, wait! You have presented no argument at all but a set of personal offenses. Indeed, what a bright person must be kind sir…hahaha

  6. Saul Crucero

    The European countries must guard its borders from illegal immigrations. They must not encourage immigrants.

  7. Antonio Anastasi

    Definitely not. If refugees are a concern than a more rigorous, efficient administrative and registration process should be introduced. Things like biometrics and if not already happening all this should be put on line and shared online with EU, Europe and other countries to help identify possible mal intentioned people.

  8. Gururaj Bhat

    I feel sorry to see the euoropians who enjoying the freedom in cleanliness infrastructure and deciplene people but not by inviting the Arabs to Europe means that they loose the identity of their culture and heritage by keeping them inside their buttock who are so unclean and 200 years backward and slave mentality of these migrants .more early they send them more their safety remains or else they suffer like India where India is suffering from Muslims thugs who are unclean and violance is their mind set and not development of the nation but their religion who are all converted bybthr invaders of Muslims ruled for 800 years .the Hindus were suffered by these invaders and polluted our population by converting them to Muslims shave become fanatics and from fanatics to exemism and from extremism to terrorism that we Hindus are suffering from them .

  9. Franck Legon

    No one should be granted in after they enter illegaly. Law violation shall not be rewarded. More borders control, with sanitary, judiciary and eligibility check before letting in. Data UNHCR is less than 3% of the migrants entering EU are refugees. For the 97% left, coming from potential infectious areas, fleeing their own countries justice because they are convinced of thieveries, rapes, murders, religious or politic extremism, a large majority is used to a violent way of life and shouldn’t be allowed in without a serious investigation. Also remember EU has a quarter of its active population that’s already jobless or partly employed and another quarter is poor workers, so economic migrants shouldn’t be allowed in without a previous legal request from their futur employers and providing a proof they can afford housing, due to the fact we already don’t have enough for the homless EU citizens. EU has a duty to european people first, just as anywhere in the world a state has for its citizens, so yes to stronger borders.

  10. Máté János

    Well if you trust in and wait for the Eurocrats to act, then you’d better brace yourself for the muslim clone army of Darth Soros who’ll turn Europe into Eurabia :-( …

  11. José Bessa da Silva

    That is each countries business, not EU’s. Each country has the right and the duty of taking care of it’s own borders. Finally, I think my country should build “a big fat wall”, not to protect from refugees but from europhiles, euricrats and eurocorrupts…

  12. José Bessa da Silva

    That is each countries business, not EU’s. Each country has the right and the duty of taking care of it’s own borders. Finally, I think my country should build “a big fat wall”, not to protect from refugees but from europhiles, eurocrats and eurocorrupts…

  13. Διαμαντόπουλος Κωνσταντίνος

    Immigrants don’t stand alone in the frame of international politics formed by finance centers well known as markets. Nevertheless, humanity issue arises and the problem turn’s out to be conciously intersubjective rather objective. Human against finance, life against money. So helping is another issue, and every state should recognise the problem, construct immigrant centres eqipped with all necessary services and welcome a specific number of them defined by the state ability.But according to my opinion global problems are not so innocent as they might seem cause of the politics influence and projection.

  14. Jerzy Zajączkowski

    Only legal arrivals should be possible. All available resources needed to comply with the law should be applied.

  15. Iosif Cristian

    Last night refugees tried to trespass the Romanian border injuring one cop and damaging a few police vehicles … Luckily the cops were smart enough to open fire and manage to stop them only after 2 refugees were shot … So you ask if we need walls? Well now we do, thanks to the refugees we clearly do need walls!

    • Martin Hoffmann

      Romania is in NATO since 2004. Thus Romania is possibly having soldiers in theatres of war in Asia and possible Arabia. Stopping war involvement and stopping wars in Africa, Arabia and Asia might be a first to make people move. Rather than building fences. Fences will only temporary be an agent of hinderance for people on the move.

  16. Iosif Cristian

    Last night refugees tried to trespass the Romanian border injuring one cop and damaging a few police vehicles … Luckily the cops were smart enough to open fire and manage to stop them only after 2 refugees were shot … So you ask if we need walls? Well now we do, thanks to the refugees we clearly do need walls!

  17. Iosif Cristian

    Last night refugees tried to trespass the Romanian border injuring one cop and damaging a few police vehicles … Luckily the cops were smart enough to open fire and manage to stop them only after 2 refugees were shot … So you ask if we need walls? Well now we do, thanks to the refugees we clearly do need walls!

  18. Iosif Cristian

    Last night refugees tried to trespass the Romanian border injuring one cop and damaging a few police vehicles … Luckily the cops were smart enough to open fire and manage to stop them only after 2 refugees were shot … So you ask if we need walls? Well now we do, thanks to the refugees we clearly do need walls!

  19. Iosif Cristian

    Last night refugees tried to trespass the Romanian border injuring one cop and damaging a few police vehicles … Luckily the cops were smart enough to open fire and manage to stop them only after 2 refugees were shot … So you ask if we need walls? Well now we do, thanks to the refugees we clearly do need walls!

  20. Iosif Cristian

    Last night refugees tried to trespass the Romanian border injuring one cop and damaging a few police vehicles … Luckily the cops were smart enough to open fire and manage to stop them only after 2 refugees were shot … So you ask if we need walls? Well now we do, thanks to the refugees we clearly do need walls!

  21. Iosif Cristian

    Last night refugees tried to trespass the Romanian border injuring one cop and damaging a few police vehicles … Luckily the cops were smart enough to open fire and manage to stop them only after 2 refugees were shot … So you ask if we need walls? Well now we do, thanks to the refugees we clearly do need walls!

  22. Iosif Cristian

    Last night refugees tried to trespass the Romanian border injuring one cop and damaging a few police vehicles … Luckily the cops were smart enough to open fire and manage to stop them only after 2 refugees were shot … So you ask if we need walls? Well now we do, thanks to the refugees we clearly do need walls!

  23. Iosif Cristian

    Last night refugees tried to trespass the Romanian border injuring one cop and damaging a few police vehicles … Luckily the cops were smart enough to open fire and manage to stop them only after 2 refugees were shot … So you ask if we need walls? Well now we do, thanks to the refugees we clearly do need walls!

  24. Mariana Giozova

    Yes only legal immigrant and real refugees are welcomed but for the rest fences should be made.

  25. Paul X

    What was the point of DE getting a refugee lawyer to comment on this topic?…like all lawyers his opinion will be based on whatever lines his pocket, of course he loves immigration, and so does his bank manager

  26. Dietmar Hartmann

    Discrimination against real refugees by equality with illegal immigrants: lefties “political correctness”

  27. Dietmar Hartmann

    Discrimination against real refugees by equality with illegal immigrants: lefties “political correctness”

  28. Dietmar Hartmann

    Discrimination against real refugees by equality with illegal immigrants: lefties “political correctness”

  29. Dietmar Hartmann

    Discrimination against real refugees by equality with illegal immigrants: lefties “political correctness”

  30. Dietmar Hartmann

    Discrimination against real refugees by equality with illegal immigrants: lefties “political correctness”

  31. Dietmar Hartmann

    Discrimination against real refugees by equality with illegal immigrants: lefties “political correctness”

  32. Dietmar Hartmann

    Discrimination against real refugees by equality with illegal immigrants: lefties “political correctness”

  33. Dietmar Hartmann

    Discrimination against real refugees by equality with illegal immigrants: lefties “political correctness”

  34. Dietmar Hartmann

    Discrimination against real refugees by equality with illegal immigrants: lefties “political correctness”

  35. Dimitris Orfanoudis

    Sure …Every new terrorist act of the jihadists is supposed to cause shock and awe. In fact, we are almost used to. Reactions are always the same: there is talk of “crashing hurt”, About “heroic victims” and about love that hates hatred. Then there are candles and flowers. I think that in the Western countries, the attitude of the majority towards Islam is more dangerous than Islamic terrorism and can cause much more casualties. Islam is a challenge to the intelligence of today’s citizens…

    • Johnny Tranvai

      Keep dreaming. 90% are economic migrants, not refugees. Official statistics. Wake up, and get a coffee. Greetings from Italy

    • Ângelo Do Carmo

      Johnny Tranvai what statistics are you talking about? can you please provide any proof of what you are talking about?

  36. Despina Makrygianny

    It is unfair for countries like Italy and Greece to carry the burden of refugees..even if EU is paying € for their staying it is a burden for the environment and for the permanent residents Italian and Greeks ..criminality has raised and the economic disaster (especially for Greece islands) is unbelievable..in some islands the number of refugees is higher then the residents!!!

    • José Bessa da Silva

      It is your burden to carry. Your borders, your burden. Simple, isn’t it?

  37. Despina Makrygianny

    It is unfair for countries like Italy and Greece to carry the burden of refugees..even if EU is paying € for their staying it is a burden for the environment and for the permanent residents Italian and Greeks ..criminality has raised and the economic disaster (especially for Greece islands) is unbelievable..in some islands the number of refugees is higher then the residents!!!

  38. Despina Makrygianny

    It is unfair for countries like Italy and Greece to carry the burden of refugees..even if EU is paying € for their staying it is a burden for the environment and for the permanent residents Italian and Greeks ..criminality has raised and the economic disaster (especially for Greece islands) is unbelievable..in some islands the number of refugees is higher then the residents!!!

  39. Despina Makrygianny

    It is unfair for countries like Italy and Greece to carry the burden of refugees..even if EU is paying € for their staying it is a burden for the environment and for the permanent residents Italian and Greeks ..criminality has raised and the economic disaster (especially for Greece islands) is unbelievable..in some islands the number of refugees is higher then the residents!!!

  40. Despina Makrygianny

    It is unfair for countries like Italy and Greece to carry the burden of refugees..even if EU is paying € for their staying it is a burden for the environment and for the permanent residents Italian and Greeks ..criminality has raised and the economic disaster (especially for Greece islands) is unbelievable..in some islands the number of refugees is higher then the residents!!!

  41. Despina Makrygianny

    It is unfair for countries like Italy and Greece to carry the burden of refugees..even if EU is paying € for their staying it is a burden for the environment and for the permanent residents Italian and Greeks ..criminality has raised and the economic disaster (especially for Greece islands) is unbelievable..in some islands the number of refugees is higher then the residents!!!

  42. Despina Makrygianny

    It is unfair for countries like Italy and Greece to carry the burden of refugees..even if EU is paying € for their staying it is a burden for the environment and for the permanent residents Italian and Greeks ..criminality has raised and the economic disaster (especially for Greece islands) is unbelievable..in some islands the number of refugees is higher then the residents!!!

  43. Despina Makrygianny

    It is unfair for countries like Italy and Greece to carry the burden of refugees..even if EU is paying € for their staying it is a burden for the environment and for the permanent residents Italian and Greeks ..criminality has raised and the economic disaster (especially for Greece islands) is unbelievable..in some islands the number of refugees is higher then the residents!!!

  44. Despina Makrygianny

    It is unfair for countries like Italy and Greece to carry the burden of refugees..even if EU is paying € for their staying it is a burden for the environment and for the permanent residents Italian and Greeks ..criminality has raised and the economic disaster (especially for Greece islands) is unbelievable..in some islands the number of refugees is higher then the residents!!!

  45. Miguel Verissimo

    Directly or not, migrations are a consequence of global inequality!
    Rich countries citizens must help undeveloped world citizens to have education housing and a basic income… paying a fair price for the resources they take!

  46. Johnny Tranvai

    Let’s start to call them with a proper name: Economic migrants. This is what we are getting in Italy, as less than 10% receive the refugee status. You can keep telling all bullshits you like, but this is the only truth. Greetings from Italy.

  47. Franco Suarez

    Debating Europe; The term “Refugee” is a legal term granted by the state and clearly defined in the International Court and the EU. The fences or any other form of hostility clearly violate the spirit of the law. And, you xenophobic headline does more harm than help your ignorant readership.

  48. Tiromanzino May

    Well, the question is a pure fallacy if you have in account that those who enter Europe from Middle East are by definition economic migrants and in any case refugees…

    The real question should be:

    Should more European countries build fences to keep out illegal economic migrants from Africa and Middle East?

    Also should be remembered that South Americans are deported when their visa finish, but Africans and people from MENA aren´t. Is this some kind of racism? Either all or none.

  49. Sabin Popescu

    only the countries that have signed a treaty where they promised to protect the outer border of the Schengen Area

  50. Marian Rodu

    migrants = / = refugees Even damn Euronews can’t get it right in the same damn news segment.

  51. Karol Dudek

    What Brussels is waiting for, seriously, move your ass from the office and see streets on Brussels to see what’s happening!!! Yes build the fences and start deporting them.

    • Chay Carle

      and start sending back your own immigrants

    • Karol Dudek

      Chay Carle what you mean?

  52. Mauricio Giordanelli

    No. If you have a problem with economic migrants order all your descendants spread all over the globe to return to their homeland. Let’s see how that suits you.

  53. Mauricio Giordanelli

    No. If you have a problem with economic migrants order all your descendants spread all over the globe to return to their homeland. Let’s see how that suits you.

    • Paul X

      Yes because when all the colonist left Europe for the new worlds they found jobs, housing and social security all being paid for by the indigenous populations of those countries didn’t they?

  54. Stephen J Gorog

    Yes! It could be to late but start deporting and at the same time organize borders (fence, border patrol) At the moment EU is a free for all, how stupid can you get??

  55. Pär Larsson

    Should more countries cooperate? Yes. Should it be related to hos much a country has helped? Without doubt! Should it focus on solving the core problem? Yes.

  56. catherine benning

    Should more European countries build fences to keep out refugees?

    Emulate Trump and his promise of a wall you mean? Yes, of course And follow it up by jailing those politicians who, without permission of their electorate, opened their countries to murder and mayhem by inviting millions of undocumented in.

    And then give Trump the accolades he should be accepting for his determination to make a difference to the majority of ‘his’ people. The only leader to be seen to be acting on the permission of the majority of voters.

    However, the story is, the German people are getting ready to re-elect Merkel in a couple of months. Which, whether they realise it or not, will give her their permission to fill Germany with millions more cheap fodder they will have to work to feed for life. As well as see a dramatic change to all they considered their social civilization. It will no longer be the land of their birth. And when they do that, to make sure they keep them inside Germany and not try to flush them out into other European States, who cannot afford this chaos.

  57. Kester Ratcliff

    I’m unfollowing this page. It’s just angry-making for no potential benefit at all. I don’t know whether you’re actually aiming to promote far right populism with these questions framed to provoke ethno-nationalist populist reactions or just have the most incredibly stupid and counterproductive communications strategy ever, but either way it’s having the same effect.

  58. Enric Mestres Girbal

    The EU should house and help the refugees/migrants, but with real and proper policies and, ABOVE ALL, do not punish the nationals to favour the newcomers like you do now. That’s why europeans are against them…not racism or xenphobia but the feeling of being relegated as social help, subvencions and grtatuities go to the refugees/migrants.

  59. Maia Alexandrova

    On the map you missed a few more walls that exist – between Bulgaria and Turkey, between Spain and Morocco and the British anti-migrant wall in Calais, France. Also it was not only the Hungarian police that used tear gas to disperse attempts of mass illegal border crossings by migrants. They were the first, but were later followed by the Macedonian, French, Italian and Spanish police who all used tear gas to stop illegal migrants. The Spanish police also fired rubber bullets.

    Germany invited the migrants, but failed to offer them safe transport to reach the country. In this way it encouraged them to travel in a dangerous way, resulting in thousands drowning en route to Germany. This is cruelty which absolutely violates European values and any human rights. On top of it, Germany expects other European countries to take responsibility and host the guests that it invited. This kind of dictatorship has nothing to do with European values either. It is not solidarity, but imposing German migrant policies on other countries. One should not invite guests, if they cannot afford to host them and should not blame others for not hosting them either. If Germany wants to help refugees, it should do it the right way – by reaching out to them in their host countries, or by providing them safe transport to come to Germany, but not by waiting for them to undertake and survive the Journey of Death first. What utter disrespect for human life, disguised hypocritically as compassion…

    • Paul X

      I agree with what you say Maia though just one point of note, the British anti-migrant wall differs from the rest as it’s designed to keep migrants in the Schengen zone instead of out

  60. Egon Witte

    Refugee from Starving and mismanagement of life..no..they should learn to fight for their rights..Real help for people fleeing war and suppression about race or religion, yes..sure ..as selected and proper integrated people..not in millions..And, please…integration with language and work life..No work, no integration..it looks like feeding apes..they will never have the chance to be men..

  61. Bruno Just

    Refugees are a deflection from the real causes of their flight. That is, the selling of arms and the making of wars where there were none by America and the EU.

  62. jakov

    yes, every european country should build the fence to protect its borders and to protect europen values. all those illegal immigrants should be stopped before they enter any european country

    • Max Berre

      We ALREADY send our tax-money to Boratstan. How you decide to misuse/embezzle it is up to you.

  63. Max Berre

    Only the countries that are not part of the Geneva Convention on Refugees, and don’t want to be, should do that.

    • Jokera Jokerov

      THIS COMMENT HAS BEEN REMOVED BY MODERATORS FOR BREACHING OUR CODE OF CONDUCT. REPLIES MAY ALSO BE REMOVED.

    • Jokera Jokerov

      Most of these are not refugees, but invaders, social parasites and asylum sneakers.

  64. Larry Moffett

    Do you seriously expect such a question to generate reasoned debate, or is it merely clickbait?

  65. hahaha

    Yes Europe should build big walls and who have no visa have no right to enter the europe.

  66. randomguy2017

    Indeed. Build a wall / coastal guard around Europe (particularly meditterean region).
    And accept only low amount of skilled people.

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