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Migrant crisis: Hungary declares emergency at Serbia border

15 September 2015
Migrant crisis: Hungary declares emergency at Serbia border

Hungary has declared a state of emergency in two southern counties as tough new laws to stop migrants entering illegally came into force.

Police said they had arrested 60 people accused of trying to breach a razor-wire fence on the border with Serbia.

The state of emergency gives police extra powers and would allow troop deployments if parliament approves.

The EU is facing a huge influx of migrants, many fleeing conflict and poverty in countries including Syria.

Meanwhile, Germany and Austria are calling for a special meeting of EU leaders next week to discuss the crisis.

The EU’s border agency said more than 500,000 migrants had arrived at the EU’s borders this year, compared with 280,000 in 2014. The vast majority have come by boat across the Mediterranean.

Starting on Tuesday, the EU has agreed to relocate 40,000 migrants from Greece and Italy to other EU states. But it has yet to agree on mandatory quotas for a further 120,000 asylum seekers.

Adapted from BBC

Photo: AP

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