September 11, 2015 / 11:36 AM / 4 years ago

Number of refugees in Hungary could rise to 400,000-500,000 this year: minister

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto attends an interview with Reuters in Budapest January 13, 2015. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Hungary could see the number of refugees entering the country rise to 400,000 to 500,000 by the end of the year, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Friday.

More than 170,000 migrants, many of them refugees from conflicts in the Middle East, have been recorded entering Hungary so far this year.

Reporting by Jan Lopatka; Writing by Jason Hovet; Editing by Catherine Evans

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