Hungary Demands EU Explain 'Prepaid Bank Cards For Migrants' Scheme

Hungarian officials want an explanation from the European Commission regarding a scheme to provide prepaid bank cards to thousands of migrants currently pushing their way into Europe.

Infowars Europe was one of the first English-language media outlets to report revelations emerging from the Balkans, where shopkeepers and law enforcement officers claimed that migrants amassing in Bosnia were using nameless bank cards embossed with MasterCard, UNHCR, and EU logos.

Those assertions were later reinforced by Austrian intelligence officials in statements provided to Kronen Zeitung last week.

The Hungarian goverment has apparently taken notice of these reports and is now demanding answers, contending that the program may be facilitating funding for terrorism.

"The ruling Fidesz and Christian Democrat parties have called on the European Commission to explain the reasoning behind prepaid debit cards issued to migrants," the ruling coalition announced via state media outlet About Hungary.

"Earlier this week, Lajos Kósa, head of parliament’s defence and law enforcement committee, cited recent reports surrounding tens of thousands of prepaid debit cards made available to migrants by the European Commission and the United Nations Refugee Agency UNHCR."

Coalition spokesman István Hollik says, "the EC should explain the origins of the cards, the amounts deposited on them, and the reasons why the scheme was kept in secret."

"The cards are said to be funded by moneys from the EU, the UN and US financier George Soros . . . raising the question whether member states have agreed to a scheme like that."

In our original report, we detailed Soros' likely ties to the scheme upon discovery of a 2017 MasterCard press release publicizing the launch of a partnership program with Soros called “Humanity Ventures,” which aimed to “catalyze and accelerate economic and social development for vulnerable communities around the world, especially refugees and migrants.”

“George Soros announced that he is earmarking up to $500 million for private investments that will improve capacity to address the challenges that migrants, including refugees, and their host communities face around the world. Humanity Ventures would be part of that initiative,” Mastercard revealed in the release.

“Bank cards are also evidence of how the EU is destroying European culture?” tweeted Montenegran TV director Ninoslav Vucetic, including an image of the type of card aforementioned. “Inviting them with money to cause violence? Who gives migrants such a bank card in order to access cash, without the first and last names?”

(PHOTO: ELVIS BARUKCIC/AFP/Getty Images)

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