Hungary to seal border with Croatia to migrants

2015-10-16 16:13
(Atilla Kisbenedek, AFP)

(Atilla Kisbenedek, AFP)

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Budapest - Hungary will seal its border with Croatia to migrants at midnight (2200 GMT), Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Friday, according to the MTI news agency.

The decision came after an emergency meeting of the national security council, the agency reported.

Hungary built a fence, laced with razor wire, along its 175km border with Serbia and sealed it on September 15 to curb the influx of migrants, mostly refugees from the Middle East.

The migrants on the so-called Balkan route then turned west in Serbia and headed for Croatia, which again shuttled them to Hungary.

Hungary then erected a fence along its 300km border with Croatia, 200km of which are marked off by rivers, and decided to seal it after the EU summit on Thursday.

The migrants could next attempt to reach Western Europe by continuing west through Croatia and passing Slovenia, then Austria.

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