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Mayor in Hungary seeks fence as migrants overwhelm village

Mayor in Hungary proposes building fence on Serbian border as flood of migrants enters village

Mayor in Hungary seeks fence as migrants overwhelm village

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- The mayor of a southern Hungarian village is proposing to build a fence to keep out the growing number of irregular migrants coming across the nearby border with Serbia.

The forests of Asotthalom have become a popular stop for migrants, most of them from Kosovo, seeking to reach Germany and other destinations in Western Europe.

Mayor Laszlo Toroczkai said on his Facebook page that Hungary should use EU funds for border protection to build the fence.

Toroczkai said "thousands" of migrants, who are not EU citizens, were reaching his village daily. Most request asylum, are handed over to police and taken to the nearby city of Szeged for processing.

Officials said had they received nearly 13,000 asylum requests so far this year, compared to 43,000 in all of 2014.


Updated : 2021-09-24 05:50 GMT+08:00