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Hungary to build 110-mile border wall along Serbian border

(24 June 2015)

Hungary plans to combat increasing migrant traffic along the Serbian border with the construction of a 110-mile border wall. According to government spokesperson Zoltán Kovács, “This is a necessary step. We need to stop the flood.”

Hungary has faced increasing numbers of migrants, primarily from Serbia, Afghanistan, and Iraq, who have travelled overland through Greece and the Balkan states as they make their way towards Europe. Kovács estimated that the total number of migrants travelling through Hungary has exceeded 50,000 since January, more than have entered Italy or Greece. Migrant traffic today represents an over-2000 percent increase from 2011 levels.

Hungary’s plans to build a border wall face criticism from human rights groups, who argue that the wall represents a continuation of a campaign of xenophobia by the government.

Source:

Migrants on Hungary's border fence: 'This wall, we will not accept it', 22 June 2015, The Guardian, http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/22/migrants-hungary-border-fence-wall-serbia