Migrant arrivals in Hungary hit new record

Migrant camp in Hungary

Migrant camp in Hungary

The number of migrants entering Hungary has hit a new one-day record, police said Sunday, as the country prepares to impose a controversial new law to stop the influx.

A total of 4,330 migrants entered the country on Saturday, outstripping the previous one-day record of 3,601 set on Thursday.

Hungarian authorities said they feared a new surge of arrivals on Sunday.

Almost all the migrants are heading towards Germany via Austria. Austrian police said some 6,700 crossed the Austria-Hungarian border at Nickelsdorf on Saturday before heading north toward Germany. They predicted similar numbers for Sunday.

Hungary is trying to seal its border with Serbia to stop thousands of migrants and refugees traveling up from Greece and the Balkans.

On Tuesday, a new law is due to come into effect which could see migrants jailed for trying to cross a 175-kilometre (120-mile) razor-wire fence it is building along the border.

The UN refugee agency has warned that criminalising illegal border crossings could violate the UN Convention on Refugees if it involved asylum seekers.

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  • jay ndu

    European are racists, unfortunately Africa leaders humiliates Africa before them, because of a white skin coloured child from Syria that drowned on the way to Europe, Europeans opened their borders but thousands of African children of the same age but not same colour have drowned through the same way on the same purpose but nobody cared. They were seen as less human beings.

    African leaders should know that no matter how much loot you have in Western Bank and no matter how they smile to you and call you Sir, in there sight, you are less human being, you share the same destiny like those drowned Africans men, Children and women. Both you as a leader and the drowned has no dignity in the sight of those European who helps to destroy your home

    • Cicero

      Wow! Well said!