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    Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said that Hungary will build a 13-foot-high fence along its border with Serbia to stop migrants from entering the country.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Hungary will build a fence along its border with Serbia to stop migrants from entering the country, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said Wednesday.

    Last week, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said the Hungarian government would consider on Wednesday formally closing the country’s border to stem the inflow of undocumented migrants.

    According to Szijjarto, quoted by the Hungarian government's website, the Interior Ministry was instructed to finish preparatory work for the fence by June 24.

    The foreign minister said that the 13-foot-high fence, to be constructed along the 109-mile border with Serbia, does not break international treaties as similar measures have been taken on the Greek-Turkish and Bulgarian-Turkish borders. There are also fences in the Spanish territories in North Africa to prevent undocumented immigration.

    Thousands of migrants are coming to Europe as they flee violence in their home countries in North Africa and the Middle East.

    In 2014, Hungary is estimated to have received about 43,000 migrants, of which about 95 percent entered the country from Serbia. In 2012 the number was estimated to be about 2,000.

    Hungarian Prime Minister's Office chief Janos Lazar said last week the number this year would be higher since about 54,000 migrants are currently estimated to have in Hungary since January.


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