Monday, July 6, 2015

Hungary OKs a Border Fence to Block Migrants; Acts to Protect 175-Kilometer Border with Serbia

Hungary's parliament has approved the construction of a border fence to prevent the flow of migrants into the European Union (EU) member state, the Euro News website reports today (July 6, 2015).

The four-meter-high fence stretching along the 175-kilometer border with Serbia has been criticized by Hungary's neighbors, human rights groups, and the European Union. 

The new legislation will also allow Hungary to reject asylum claims from people traveling from Syria, Iraq, or Afghanistan through other so-called safe countries without asking for asylum there.

Hungary's right-wing prime minister Viktor Orban said his country needed to be protected from a tide of migrants crossing its border with Serbia.

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