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Hungarian army patrols border as Hungary prepares to secure frontier

Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 01:44

Hungary gets ready to seal off its border with Serbia in a much-criticized attempt to stem the flow of migrants who are headed to western Europe. Pavithra George reports.

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Soldiers with sniffer dogs patrol the Hungary-Serbia border - where Hungarian authorities are rushing to complete a fence in an attempt to keep more migrants from entering the country. Thousands of migrants are rushing to enter Hungary -- the gateway into Europe's passport-free Schengen zone. EU leaders and human rights groups have criticized Hungary on its handling of the refugee crisis. Austria's chancellor went as far as likening Hungary's migrant policies to that of the Nazis. Peter Bouckaert of Human Rights Watch said Hungary is left with two choices on how to deal with the crisis. (SOUNDBITE) (English), HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH EMERGENCY DIRECTOR, PETER BOUCKAERT, SAYING: "Either we continue to build these borders and treat people with brutality, deploying the army and putting them in detention camps, or we have to accept that asylum seekers will continue to try to come to Europe and have to be treated in a humane manner to claim their legal right to asylum." But the atmosphere is starkly different in neighboring Austria. Austrian police say they are prepared with transportation and provisions to welcome a steady stream of migrants from Hungary, with police officials expecting some 500 migrants arriving on foot from over the border -- every hour. (SOUNDBITE) (German) SPOKESPERSON FOR BURGENLAND POLICE, HELMUT MARBAN, SAYING: "The army is supporting us in further transportation so we can expect the trains to keep going. And we have enough buses to reach other destinations. So, if it works as it did yesterday, which is what I am expecting, then this is how we will cope with the day." Austria expects the wave of migrants to remain quite high -- untill September 15. That's when Hungary's border with Serbia is scheduled to be sealed off, forcing migrants to find alternate routes to enter Europe.

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Hungarian army patrols border as Hungary prepares to secure frontier

Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 01:44