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The Latest: German court says don't send migrant to Hungary

Posted November 29

— The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local):

6:15 p.m.

A state court in Germany has ruled that an asylum-seeker cannot be returned to Hungary, citing "systematic deficiencies" in the asylum procedures there.

The unidentified man from Kosovo entered Germany in 2013 through Hungary and applied for asylum. It was rejected under the so-called Dublin rules, where a person generally is required to apply for asylum in the first European Union country they enter.

But in the Lueneburg state court ruling announced Tuesday, judges upheld a lower court's decision that the man couldn't be sent to Hungary, where human rights officials have said many asylum-seekers are put in detention and don't have their applications examined on merits.

The court said it was considerably likely the man would face "inhumane or degrading treatment" in Hungary.

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5:40 p.m.

A Hungarian lawmaker says the government will spend up to 100 billion forints ($340 million) to provide equipment and basic supplies for 3,000 "border hunters" being recruited to guard border fences built last year to stop the flow of migrants trying to enter the country.

Lajos Kosa, head of the governing Fidesz party's parliamentary group, says the expenditures will be exempt from having to comply with public procurement rules.

Some 400,000 migrants and refugees passed through Hungary last year on their way to Western Europe before Prime Minister Viktor Orban ordered fences built on the country's southern borders with Serbia and Croatia. Migrants who get past the fence but are caught near the border are usually summarily expelled.

Kosa said the government was expecting another wave of migrants next spring.

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