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Aug 26, 2016

PM Orbán: Hungary will build new fences to defend its border

There may soon be a "greater need for security" and the fortified barrier would be able to stop "several hundreds of thousands of people"

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has announced that Hungary will build a new, "more massive" fence on its southern borders to protect and defend the nation against a possible migrant surge.

PM Orbán said that there may soon be a "greater need for security" and the fortified barrier would be able to stop "several hundreds of thousands of people" at the same time.

He added that the surge could take place if countries like Turkey allow the millions of refugees living in their countries to head for Western Europe.

"Then, if we can't do it nicely, we have to hold them back by force," Orban said. "And we will do it, too."

Hungary constructed razor wire fences on its borders with Serbia and Croatia last year, when nearly 400,000 people passed through the country on their way west.

The fences have greatly slowed the flow of people entering Hungary, which is also beefing up its police force with 3,000 new border guards to tighten control at the fences and introduced controversial legislation which allows officials to return migrants to Serbia if they are caught within five miles of the border.

Hungary has denied repeated allegations that officers have used force to "escort" the migrants and refugees back to Serbia, reports AP today.

The prime minister reiterated his call for the stronger protection of Europe's external borders, saying joint efforts were needed to defend the borders between Serbia and Macedonia and Macedonia and Greece.

"Immigration and migrants damage Europe's security, are a threat to people and bring terrorism upon us," PM Orban said, adding that this was caused by allowing the uncontrolled entry of large numbers of people "from areas where Europe and the western world are seen as the enemy."

Hungary's government-sponsored referendum will take place on October 2 seeking political support for the rejection of any European Union plans to resettle migrants among its member countries.