The German interior ministry announced they will no longer be sending people to Hungary until Budapest ensures those transferred are “dealt with according to European procedures.”
A spokesman for the ministry added: “Without such assurance, there would no referrals until further notice.”
Under the European Union’s so-called Dublin rules, migrants and refugees should be sent back to the first European country they arrive in.
Germany will stop returning migrants to Hungary over mistreatment fears
Hungary has seen an influx of migrants across its border with Serbia, which has been the scene of violent clashes in the past.
But there have been damning claims the country, lead by Eurosceptic stalwart Viktor Orban, has been flouting international and EU law.
The Hungarian parliament approved plans on March 7 to detain migrants in camps on the country’s border with Serbia.
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But some migrants confined in the camps have complained of beatings from border authorities.
After being set upon by dogs, one refugee even claimed guards took selfies with him.
The UN has criticised Hungary and its PM Viktor Orban over his migrant policies
Without such assurance, there would no referrals until further notice
German interior ministry spokesman
Filippo Grandi, the United Nations’ refugee agency chief, this week called for a suspension of transfers of asylum seekers “until the Hungarian authorities bring their practices and policies in line with European and international law”.
Germany waived Dublin rules for refugees at the height of the migrant crisis in 2015.
Thousands have applied for asylum in Hungary since 2015
But after the number of people arriving in the country passed one million last year, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was forced to take measures to limit arrivals.
Germany sent 294 asylum seekers back to Hungary in 2016, according to official figures.
Asylum applications in Hungary fell from 177,000 in 2015 to just 29,000 last year.
In the first two months of 2017, there were just 912 applications.