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    Migrants are controlled by police officers at a refugee collection point near the Hungarian-Serbian border of Roszke village on September 7, 2015

    Hungary Ready to Deploy Up to 4,000 Soldiers on Serbian Border

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    Major Migrant Crisis in Europe (1819)

    Hungary is ready to send up to 4,000 of soldiers to protect its border with Serbia, through which most of the refugees are arriving in the country, Defense Minister Istvan Simicsko said Wednesday.

    BUDAPEST (Sputnik) — The Hungarian border, which serves as an external border for the European Union, is currently only protected by the police.

    "We will send 3,000-4,000 soldiers to the border, including reservists," recently-appointed Simicsko said in a parliamentary address.

    The statement comes in the light of a new Hungarian law on border protection, which comes into force on September 15. The law imposes prison terms for illegally crossing the country's borders.

    Currently, refugees are allowed to freely cross Hungary's border with Serbia near the Hungarian village of Roszke.

    Hungary is used as a gateway to wealthier EU countries by thousands of migrants. As a result, the country is experiencing an unprecedented influx of undocumented immigrants. Budapest estimates that over 156,000 migrants have illegally entered the country since the beginning of 2015.

    Major Migrant Crisis in Europe (1819)


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