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Migrants rush to cross Hungary ahead of new laws

Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 01:16

Migrants heading to western Europe rush to cross Hungary before tougher immigration rules come into effect. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Hundreds of refugees trudged along railway lines heading towards the Hungarian border point of Roszke on Saturday (September 12), many of them hungry and desperate to leave the country before new immigration rules are implemented next week. Hungary's right-wing leader is vowing to clamp down on illegal border crossings and said on Friday (September 11) that any "rebellious" migrants would be arrested, starting next week. Hungary says that as of Tuesday, authorities will receive and start processing asylum requests at the border and transport all those who apply by bus to camps elsewhere in the country. Those migrants who refuse to cooperate will be kept at the border, and those who cross the border illegally, trying to avoid police, face arrest and possible imprisonment. The government plans to further crack down a week later with a likely decision to send in the army, though Defence Minister Istvan Simiscsko said on Friday that some 3,800 soldiers were already "near" the border. Hungary, the main entry point into Europe's borderless Schengen zone for migrants, has taken a hard line, vowing to seal its southern frontier with a new, high security fence, which is due to be completed by early October.

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Migrants rush to cross Hungary ahead of new laws

Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 01:16