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    The Czech authorities have sent 50 police officers to Hungary to protect a southern border of the European passport-free Schengen zone, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported Monday.

    PRAGUE (Sputnik) — According to the head of police in the Czech Republic, Tomas Tuhy, this is the 10th such mission in the space of a year for officers from his force in European countries that have been experiencing the largest flow of irregular migration since the beginning of the crisis.

    "Some of you have already participated in such missions so you know what it means. You are not only helping our colleagues but also gaining experience in the matter, which has not yet affected the Czech Republic to such an extent as in the case of our partners," Tuhy said in an address to police officers.

    The Czech police officers will serve on the Hungarian-Serbian border for two months alongside their Hungarian counterparts.

    Presently, 40 Czech police officers are serving on a one-month mission in Macedonia, which is due to end on September 12.

    In early July, the Hungarian authorities deployed 6,000 additional police officers on the border with Serbia to stop undocumented migrants from entering the country.

    Europe is currently facing a major refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of migrants attempting to reach EU member states through various routes, including via Italy, Greece, Turkey and the Balkan states, despite Brussels' efforts to curb the migration influx.

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