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    Hungary Eyes Late August Deadline for Border Fence Construction

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    Work on installing the 13-foot wall along Hungary’s 110-mile southern border with Serbia will be finished by late summer, according to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Hungary is set to complete construction of its border fence to stem the unprecedented migration tide by late summer, local media cited Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban as saying Saturday.

    Orban, on a state visit to neighboring Romania, named the August 31 date for the completion of construction works, as cited by the Magyar Nemzet publication. He argued that Europe's future is at stake if Brussels does not act to stop the influx of undocumented migrants.

    Previously, Hungarian Defense Minister Csaba Hende suggested the fence would be constructed by November 30, which Orban alluded to as incorrect on Saturday.

    Work on installing the 13-foot wall along Hungary’s 110-mile southern border with Serbia began early last week, days after legislation for the project passed in the Hungarian parliament.

    In early July, the United Nations' refugee agency (UNCHR) condemned Budapest’s choice of border management as a threat to refugee rights, including the right to seek asylum.

    According to UNCHR statistics, Hungary received a record 61,000 asylum applications in 2015. Some 80 percent of asylum applicants were fleeing violence in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. According to Eurostat data, 22,800 applicants were from Kosovo.

    An additional estimated 60,000 migrants currently in Southern Europe face distribution across the European Union as part of the 28-bloc’s migrant quota system.

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