Hungary plans new border fence to stop migrants

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By Euronews
Hungary plans new border fence to stop migrants

Hungary says it is building a new fence at its southern border to keep out refugees and migrants.

A barbed wire barrier was erected in 2015 along its frontier with several Balkan neighbours as the country looked to stop people crossing into its territory.

A Government spokesperson told euronews that this measure is needed as Europe might face a huge wave of refugees later this year.

“It’s related to everything that is happening at the European borders, in that respect obviously it is related to the EU-Turkey agreement,” said Zoltan Kovacs.

“It is related better to the fact that the estimated number of those who are still at the Western Balkans route is around 80 thousand, spring is coming. We see that around Europe, according to a German estimate, there are at least 6-6.5 million people waiting to enter the EU.”

The measures are part of a move to shut down the so-called Western Balkans route that was taken by hundreds of thousands of migrants back in 2015.

Human Rights Watch said in a statement that “the European Commission should not stand by while Hungary makes a mockery of the right to seek asylum.”