Serbian officials plea with Hungary to keep border crossing open

Serbian officials plea with Hungary to keep border crossing open

Serbian officials say a key Hungarian border crossing has to remain open amid Europe’s ongoing migration crisis.

Social affairs minister Aleksandar Vulin toured the Hungary-Serbia border and said: “The Hungarians never told us that they will close the border”.

Mr Vulin, who was inspecting the Serbian side of the Roszke-Horgos border checkpoint, added: “This is not only a Hungarian and Serbian problem. This is a problem for the whole of Europe.

“Europe has to find a solution fast before the situation escalates even further. This border crossing, one of the main ones in Europe, has to remain open.”

Mr Vulin spoke on the day that Hungary put new laws into effect designed to stop the flow of refugees entering the country from Serbia.

Meanwhile, Austria is warning that the country might soon be short of emergency shelters for people streaming into the country from Hungary.

The Interior Ministry says that it had 20,000 places across the country as of Monday night, compared to the approximately 19,700 that needed shelter.

The ministry said that 4,000 more had arrived as of noon on Tuesday.

It was unclear how many would stay at least for the next few days and how many would try to travel on to Germany.

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