Why Hungary and Poland Are Welcoming Ukrainian Refugees

Migrációkutató Intézet
  • March 7, 2022
  • The National Interest

Poland and Hungary are showing to the world what an “abuse-proof” international asylum system would look like.

As Vladimir Putin’s bloody assault continues against Ukraine, Poland and Hungary — the two European Union (EU) countries that have been the toughest in Europe on irregular migration — have opened their borders to hundreds of thousands of refugees. What caused the shift away from fences and legal barriers towards reception centers? Certainly not alleged double standards benefitting the mostly white and Christian Ukrainians. Poland and Hungary are actually showing to the world what an “abuse-proof” international asylum system would look like.

By Monika Palotai and Kristóf György Veres

Kristóf György Veres is a senior researcher at the Migration Research Institute in Budapest, and an Andrássy Fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, DC.

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