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They took and destroyed my Austrian Asylum papers

Date & Time 2023-03-13
Location Exact location unkown, on a train form Austria, two stations into Hungary, most probably around the Hungarian town Levél
Reported by Collective Aid
Coordinates 47.8949275, 17.2001946
Pushback from Hungary
Pushback to Serbia
Taken to a police station yes
Minors involved no
WLTI* involved no
Men involved yes
Age 25
Group size 1
Countries of origin Somalia
Treatment at police station or other place of detention detention, photos taken, papers signed, no translator present
Overall number of policemen and policewomen involved 5
Violence used kicking
Police involved 5 Hungarian police officers

This pushback happened around the 13th of March 2023 at 11pm, the respondent could not tell the exact date, but mentioned it must have been around that time.

The respondent is a 25 years old man from Somalia. He told us that he had lived in Austria for 12 years and has been granted asylum there.

The incident took place after he fell asleep on a fast train he took to return home. He described that he lost track of time and missed his stop. He was then woken up by what he identified as 5 police officers. When he heard they were not speaking German and saw they were wearing different uniforms, he realized he had entered Hungary by accident. He then tried to explain himself and showed his Austrian residency and asylum papers. He reported that the police officers didn’t listen to anything he said, that they took away and destroyed his papers and kicked him telling him to be quiet.

According to the respondent, he was taken to Budapest and was held in a small room for 7 hours. He stated that he was never offered a translator and that nobody made an effort to listen to him. He reported that they took his photo and that he had to sign a paper that he didn’t understand. He was reportedly told this paper was for the purpose of him being returned to Austria.

He described that, after the 7 hours of being detained in Budapest, he was put in a bus with approximately 100 Afghan people and was driven over the border with Serbia. After crossing the border, he was told to leave. He wasn’t taken to a camp but was left to himself, not knowing where he was and what to do.