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Oct 26, 2018

Government reinforces controls along Hungary’s southern border after 70,000 migrants head north

Citing interior ministry information, Gergely Gulyás said the thousands of migrants were some 70 kilometers south of the country and Hungary has offered Croatia help in handling the crisis

The head of the Prime Minister’s Office has announced that the government has reinforced controls along Hungary’s southern borders due to reports of some 70,000 migrants in the Western Balkans heading north.

Citing interior ministry information, Gergely Gulyás said the thousands of migrants were some 70 kilometers south of the country and Hungary has offered Croatia help in handling the crisis.

The minister also confirmed that the National Immigration and Citizenship Office will be renamed the Office in Charge of Foreign Nationals “to reflect the wish of Hungarian voters that the country should not become a migrant destination”.

Gulyás added that the structure of the authority will not change but “renaming it sends a clear message that migration is a law enforcement issue”.