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A pamphlet by the Hungarian Government has recently been released labeling certain locations in Europe “no-go areas” as part of it’s anti-immigration campaign.

The leaflet suggests that there are currently over 900 of these “no-go areas” in Europe – areas which are so overrun with migrants that the authorities cannot keep them under control. The pamphlet goes on to warn that in such locations “the norms of the host society barely prevail” and thus they should be avoided.

“WE DO NOT KNOW HOW MANY OF THEM ARE DISGUISED AS TERRORISTS” THE HUNGARIAN GOVERNMENT MAINTAINS.

Over 700 of the 900 “no-go areas” are in said to be in France, however there are about a dozen in the United Kingdom, including areas of London, Peterborough and yep – you guessed it – even Southampton.

Péter Szijjártó, Hungary’s foreign minister explained “There are no-go zones in Europe and we don’t want no-go zones in Hungary.” The pamphlet was released in reaction to the European Union’s plans to impose migrant quotas on EU members. If the quotas are put in place, it means that Hungary will be made to take in over 1,000 refugees.

Hungary will hold a referendum on the 2nd October as to whether they will accept said quotas or not and already recent polls show that 73% of the population intend to reject them. A Hungarian governmental website has clarified that their aversion to the quota stems from a fear of terrorist attack – “an immigrant arrives every 12 seconds [and] we do not know how many of them are disguised as terrorists.”

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. By Európa Pont (Flickr: EC13) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
The claims in the pamphlet run along a similar thread to those of billionaire presidential candidate Donald Trump, who also maintains that London and Paris contain “Muslim no-go areas.” It seems Trump and Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán are of the same opinion in more ways than one, as Mr Orbán has also announced recent plans to construct a second razor-wire fence along its borders in order to prevent migrants from entering Hungary.

What do you think about the idea of “no-go areas” in England and Europe? Are there areas in Southampton or London that you would actively avoid or be afraid to pass through due to their migrant population? Or are there holiday destinations you would now reconsider since the migration crisis?

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