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France criticises Hungary's fence to stop migrants

Monday, August 31, 2015 - 01:18

Hungary has been building a fence on its border with Serbia aimed at stopping the flow of migrants into the European Union, drawing criticism from the French Foreign Minister. Yiming Woo reports.

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When this fence is finished, it will be 175 kilometres long. Hungarian authorities hope it will stop migrants from entering the European Union. The 1.5-metre-high barbed wire fence will run parallel to a four-metre-high mesh wires along Hungary's southern border with Serbia. Its construction has sparked criticism from French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER, LAURENT FABIUS, SAYING: "They are extremely harsh. Hungary is part of Europe, which has values, and we do not respect those values by putting up fences that we wouldn't even use for animals. It means Hungary is not respecting Europe's common values so the European authorities need to have a serious, even a stern discussion with its officials, concerning refugees." Hundreds have been crossing this border every day. Once the fence is completed, many migrants could become trapped in Serbia, which isn't part of the EU, and could create a new bottleneck. EU ministers are meeting on September 14th to find a solution to the migration crisis. More than 2,000 people have died fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa.

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France criticises Hungary's fence to stop migrants

Monday, August 31, 2015 - 01:18