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Hungary: Prisoners from Roszke complete Hungarian border fence00:49

Hungary: Prisoners from Roszke complete Hungarian border fence

Hungary, Roszke
September 11, 2015 at 10:58 GMT +00:00 · Published

Around 100 inmates returned to Roszke's prison after completing a section of the razor wire fence that runs along the Serbia-Hungary border, Friday. The fence was created to prevent refugees and migrants from crossing the border from Serbia into Hungary.

The Hungarian government has said it will increase its military presence along the border and declare it illegal to cross over from Serbia or damage the fence. Refugees and migrants found in violation of the new law may be imprisoned or face expulsion from Hungary.

The village of Roszke has been inundated with thousands of refugees and migrants over recent weeks, who have been crossing the border from Serbia on their journey to Western Europe. A temporary camp was established outside the village to manage the situation, housing hundreds of refugees each night.

The refugees, many of whom come from Syria, have been left stranded in Hungary after authorities cracked down on their onward passage to western Europe, closing train and bus stations and stepping up border patrols. The government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban has blamed other European countries for the crisis, in particular Germany, which last month stated it would grant asylum seekers from Syria special status.

The western Balkans route continues to be the biggest and busiest entry route for refugees into the European Union, according to Amnesty International, taking over from the Mediterranean route.

Hungary is expecting 40,000 more migrants by next week.

Hungary: Prisoners from Roszke complete Hungarian border fence00:49
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Around 100 inmates returned to Roszke's prison after completing a section of the razor wire fence that runs along the Serbia-Hungary border, Friday. The fence was created to prevent refugees and migrants from crossing the border from Serbia into Hungary.

The Hungarian government has said it will increase its military presence along the border and declare it illegal to cross over from Serbia or damage the fence. Refugees and migrants found in violation of the new law may be imprisoned or face expulsion from Hungary.

The village of Roszke has been inundated with thousands of refugees and migrants over recent weeks, who have been crossing the border from Serbia on their journey to Western Europe. A temporary camp was established outside the village to manage the situation, housing hundreds of refugees each night.

The refugees, many of whom come from Syria, have been left stranded in Hungary after authorities cracked down on their onward passage to western Europe, closing train and bus stations and stepping up border patrols. The government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban has blamed other European countries for the crisis, in particular Germany, which last month stated it would grant asylum seekers from Syria special status.

The western Balkans route continues to be the biggest and busiest entry route for refugees into the European Union, according to Amnesty International, taking over from the Mediterranean route.

Hungary is expecting 40,000 more migrants by next week.

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