“If you go back 2 times a day, you will face problem, you get beaten up. I know one guy who went two times and they broke his leg”

  • Date and time: July 14, 2021 23:45
  • Location: Roszke-Horgos Border crossing
  • Coordinates: 46.175670666972, 19.979715280573
  • Pushback from: Hungary
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 7 person(s), age: 17-30 , from: Syria, Somalia
  • Minors involved? Yes
  • Violence used: no violence used
  • Police involved: 5 Hungarian police officers in blue uniforms, 2 Hungarian officers in green “military” uniforms with camo pattern only in the sleeves and trousers. 2 Serbian policemen in blue uniforms. Two Hungarian police cars (white and blue) and one dark green car (Landcruiser)
  • Taken to a police station?: no
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention: photos taken
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Yes
  • Reported by: Collective Aid

Original Report

The respondent, a 17 year old guy from Somalia was traveling from Maydan, Serbia, and through Romania to Hungary in a group of 7 people, 5 from Somalia and 2 from Syria, on 14th July, 2021. All of them were male and from 17 to 30 years old. They started in Maydan at 8AM and arrived in Hungary at 2PM the same day. They waited in a forest area close to the border and, at 7:30PM, 2 police officers found them. They told them to sit and called for more police, who arrived shortly after in two police cars -white and blue- and one dark green car -Landcruiser- that the respondent referred to as a “military” car. Two of the officers were wearing “military” uniforms with camo pattern only in the sleeves and trousers and were carrying rifles.

One of the officers -known by the respondent from previous attempts- reportedly told the interviewee not to come back on the same day as he was on shift for the night:

“Everyone gets only one chance a day. If you go back 2 times a day, you will face problem, you get beaten up. I know one guy who went two times and they broke his leg.”

The group had to sit there for 40 minutes, when they were checked and their bags inspected. The respondent asked for asylum during this time and was told there is no asylum in Hungary. They were also asked questions about who was guiding and who had the maps. After that time, a big white van with a blue line arrived and they were cuffed and made to sit on the floor in the caged back of the van for a 1h and 20 minutes drive. 

They arrived at the official border crossing in Horgos, Serbia. There, they took pictures of all of them holding numbers (front and side). They also gave one person in the group a text and recorded him reading it. The respondent did not remember what it said. The Hungarian officers reportedly called the Serbian police. The group was then made to cross the border at 11:45PM, 14th July, 2021. They were recorded while doing that. Two Serbian police officers in dark blue uniforms were waiting on the other side of the border. They asked them for their camp IDs and told them “to go to camp” before letting them go.