A Hungarian fence creates new front in Europe’s migrant crisis

Migrants from Syria use sleeping bags to protect themselves from the rain as they rest on the side of a road after crossing the border illegally from Serbia, near AsotthalomIn the shade of the trees, Syrians and Afghans rested amid the rubbish of those who came before them, waiting for nightfall to walk across the nearby Hungarian border and into the European Union. “We are quick, to beat the fence.” A month from now Hungary says it will seal its border with Serbia with a 4-metre high, 175-km barrier to keep out migrants streaming through the Balkans, fleeing war, poverty and upheaval in the Middle East and Africa for a better life in western Europe. The move, with its Cold War echoes in ex-Communist eastern Europe, threatens Serbia with disaster, creating a new migrant bottleneck, one of several on Europe’s fringes, in a country woefully ill-equipped to cope.


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