Hungary installs border fence to stop migrants

Hungary installs border fence to stop migrants

Hungarian soldiers have started building a fence on the border with Serbia, an effort meant to stop the rising flow of migrants trying to enter the European Union.

On the outskirts of the southern village of Asotthalom, soldiers used heavy machinery to drive metal rods into the ground, the first steps in the construction of the 13ft high fence which the government wants completed by August 31 along the 109-mile border.

Work on the fence is being carried out at several locations at once, with around 900 soldiers taking part in the project. Some elements of the fence, including the razor wire to be placed on top of the barrier, is being prepared by inmates from Hungarian prisons, and people in a state work programme may also be sent to help the soldiers.

More than 100,000 migrants have reached Hungary on routes across the Balkans so far in 2015, compared with fewer than 43,000 asylum seekers last year and 18,900 in 2013.

While most of the earlier migrants were from Kosovo, over the past several months about 80% of them are from war zones like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Nearly all request asylum in Hungary but try to move to EU countries further west like Germany, Sweden or Britain before their claims are settled.

Ahmed Saad, a refugee from the Yazidi Kurdish community in Iraq, said his group had walked across Turkey and Bulgaria from their home town of Sinjar.

“We left all – my job, my car, my house, all things – because we ran going to Germany,” Mr Saad said near Asotthalom shortly after crossing into Hungary.

From this month, the Hungarian government has also enacted tougher migration rules like speedy procedures to determine the merit of asylum requests and the possibility to detain refugees for longer periods.


More in this Section

World has 20% chance of exceeding 1.5C in next five years – climate forecastWorld has 20% chance of exceeding 1.5C in next five years – climate forecast

Space agencies seek ideas on how 5G and technology could boost logisticsSpace agencies seek ideas on how 5G and technology could boost logistics

Donald Trump claims improved ties as he hosts Mexico’s presidentDonald Trump claims improved ties as he hosts Mexico’s president

Fruit, vegetables and whole grains ‘linked to lower risk of Type 2 diabetes’Fruit, vegetables and whole grains ‘linked to lower risk of Type 2 diabetes’


Lifestyle

Dónal Clancy is a musician from An Rinn in Co Waterford. He will perform the music of his late father, Liam Clancy, in a special online solo performance on Thursday at 7pm as part of this year's Clonmel Junction Festival.Question of Taste: Dónal Clancy

BETWEEN 1973 and early 1975, John Lennon split with Yoko Ono, took up with his assistant May Pang and embarked on a period of intense creativity and outrageous behaviour. Lennon later described this time as his “lost weekend”.Rufus Wainwright has returned a new man

Stan O’Sullivan tells Ellie O’Byrne about the genre-busting album from 2007 that probably doesn’t get the recognition it deservesB-Side the Leeside - Cork’s Greatest Records: Louder & Clearer from Stanley Super 800

In recent times one of the most recurring and troubling conversations I have with teenagers, in therapy, is around their use of marijuana. Often parents seek out therapy because they have noticed a dramatic shift in their child’s behaviour.Richard Hogan: Beware of making light of your teen's marijuana use

More From The Irish Examiner