Hun­gary votes on mi­grants

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Mus­lims in Hun­gary say they are wary of the gov­ern­ment’s anti-mi­grant ref­er­en­dum, which they say has boosted xeno­pho­bic feel­ings. Prime Min­is­ter Vik­tor Or­ban has said Hungarians have “no prob­lems” with the lo­cal Mus­lim com­mu­nity, but that any manda­tory Euro­pean Union quo­tas to re­lo­cate asy­lum seek­ers, in­clud­ing many Mus­lims, would de­stroy Hun­gary’s Chris­tian iden­tity and cul­ture. Or­ban hopes that re­ject­ing the EU quo­tas in to­day’s ref­er­en­dum will force Brus­sels to re­con­sider the scheme. While Hungarians have been bom­barded by the gov­ern­ment’s anti-mi­grant cam­paign, some 30 peo­ple took part in a “Mus­lims liv­ing among us” walk­ing tour of a Budapest neighbourhood to show the com­mu­nity’s “hu­man face”. Timea Nagy, a Hun­gar­ian Mus­lim, said: “I’m start­ing to feel that my own home­land is re­pu­di­at­ing me.”

STAND: A woman protests Hun­gary’s ref­er­en­dum on mi­grants

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