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    Refugees stand behind a fence at the Hungarian border with Serbia near the town of Horgos on September 16, 2015

    Budapest Slams Zagreb for Transporting Migrants to Hungarian Border

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    Croatia’s move to transport migrants to its Hungarian border, after failing to cope with the crisis on its territory, is unacceptable, Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said Friday.

    BELGRADE (Sputnik) — Earlier on Friday, Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic announced that the country was no longer capable of registering and housing all the refugees arriving there, and therefore had decided to start sending them to its external borders by bus.

    "This [Croatian decision] contradicts European rules," Sijarto said, adding that the Croatian authorities were provoking the migrants to break Hungarian law by illegally crossing its border.

    Europe has been attempting to cope with a refugee crisis, with thousands of undocumented migrants fleeing to Europe, to escape violence and poverty in their home countries. Hungary, and now Croatia, is being used as a gateway to wealthier EU countries by hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants.

    Migrants walk back to Serbia after Croatia refused them entry on the border bridge in Batina, Croatia September 18, 2015.
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    In August, Hungary completed the construction of a 108-mile fence on the country’s border with Serbia to curb the influx of migrants.

    Earlier in September, the Hungarian government passed new border legislation, introducing tougher penalties such as detention or deportation for illegally crossing the border or damaging the border fence.

    Budapest estimates that over 190,000 migrants have illegally entered the country since the beginning of 2015.

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