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Hungary closes border to migrants

Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 01:23

A final group of migrants makes it into Hungary as soldiers close its southern border with Croatia to stop the inward flow. Paul Chapman reports.

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These were the last migrants to make it into Hungary before the country closed the southern border with Croatia from midnight local time. About 2, 000 trudged through the mud, past the rolls of razor wire on what they hope is the next step to a new life. It's a measure of Europe's disjointed response to the biggest migration of people since World War Two. A month earlier Hungary closed its border with Serbia. That means migrants previously taken by train and bus through Hungary to Austria now face a diversion from Croatia into Slovenia. Both countries say they won't restrict the flow as long as Austria and Germany keep their doors open. The refugees, many fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, now face the onset of winter. The United Nations refugee agency fears Hungary's unilateral action will leave migrants stranded and without access even to basic shelter. (SOUNDBITE)(English) UNHCR CO-ORDINATOR NIKLAS STOERUP AGERUP SAYING: "Of course that brings an additional concern, that people will be stuck without access to the basic protection." Migrants have been entering Hungary through Croatia at a rate of up to 8, 000 a day in recent weeks. Hungary says its actions are to secure the borders of the E.U. from mainly Muslim migrants it says pose a threat to prosperity, security and Christian values of Europe.

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Hungary closes border to migrants

Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 01:23