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European Journal

Hungary/Austria: Banning the Homeless

Hungary's constitution had to be amended to allow for the criminalization of the homeless. Now many homeless people are leaving Hungary for Austria.

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In some areas of Hungary, the homeless are banned from bunking down in popular tourist areas. Several districts in the capital Budapest ban sleeping on the streets. Critics say it's just more proof of the conservative Hungarian government's disregard for basic human rights. Some of the homeless hoping for a better life are trying their luck in neighboring Austria, but there they could also face bans and fines.