Hungary’s Border Fence to Redirect Migrants to Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia Says

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Bulgaria: Hungary’s Border Fence to Redirect Migrants to Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia Says Migrants cram into a full train heading to the Serbian border at the train station in Gevgelija, Macedonia, 16 August 2015. The number of migrants passing through Macedonia is increasing. EPA/BGNES

The fence being built by Hungary along its southern border with Serbia would redirect the wave of migrants to Croatia and Bulgaria, the Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic has said.

"I do not believe that at some moment Serbia will make a decision, like Hungary, to build a wall on its border with Macedonia to prevent the entry of refugees and migrants," Dacic told the Serbian daily Danas on Wednesday.

Serbia will also not build migrant camps, because the number of refugees on its territory is not expected to increase once the border with Hungary has finally been closed, Dacic said, and added that the refugees "will head toward Croatia and Bulgaria" because of the wall.

Dacic sopke after Hungary said on Tuesday it will send several thousand police officers to its 175-kilometre long border with Serbia to guard the four-meter high fence to deter migrant influx.

The number of asylum seekers registered in Hungary this year has soared to 100,000 – more than double compared with 43,000 in the whole of 2014 and 18,900 in 2013. The Hungarian government says it expects up to 300,000 migrants to reach the country this year.

Up to 2,000 migrants mainly from Syria and Afhanistan enter Serbia each day recently, travelling along the so-called Balkan route from Greece and Macedonia. Typically, they Greece, crossing from Turkey. From there, the main route goes through Macedonia into Serbia and then on to Hungary.

Hungary lies at the southern edge of the EU’s borderless Schengen zone which makes the country attractive to migrants seeking to enter the EU using the Balkan route.

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