- Title: EUROPE-MIGRANTS/HUNGARY-ROSZKE Increased army presence along Hungary border
- Date: 14th September 2015
- Summary: ROSZKE, HUNGARY (SEPTEMBER 14, 2015) (REUTERS) MIGRANTS WALKING ON RAIL TRACKS / MILITARY NEXT TRACKS ELDERLY MIGRANT COUPLE WALKING AS SOLDIERS PASSING BY VARIOUS OF SOLDIERS AND ARMY TRUCKS AT THE FENCE SOLDERS BEHIND THE FENCE MORE SOLDIERS ARRIVING REFUGEES ARRIVING AT BORDER LINE, GREETED BY VOLUNTEER (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) VOLUNTEER, ZEINAB, SAYING TO REFUGEES: "You can continue straight to the buses. Buses will take you to Austrian border or to the railway station on the train to Austrian border. There is no stamp." REFUGEES WALKING WITH FENCE IN THE FOREGROUND
- Embargoed: 29th September 2015 13:00
- Location: Hungary
- Country: Hungary
- Topics: General
- Reuters ID: LVA8E1MU07U5Q24RVQ13WQPQUYVZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: An increased military presence was visible in the Hungarian border village of Roszke on Monday (September 14), just hours ahead the introduction of a new law which would penalise migrants crossing the border without registration.
Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban has warned that anybody trying to cross the border without registration after September 15 will be arrested and potentially jailed.
Trucks of armed soldiers arrived through the morning, as refugees continued to arrive and cross into the European Union from Serbia.
Volunteers met people as they crossed the train tracks into Hungary, where a gate will soon be placed to stop the flow of migrants.
Many people seemed bewildered by the sight of soldiers, and the volunteers nearby directed migrants to buses which will take them to a nearby railway station, and eventually, to trains to Austria.
Labourers are currently constructing an 11.5 foot fence spanning the length of the 175km Serbian-Hungarian border which is expected to be completed by the end of the month. It will block the route into the European Union for thousands of refugees crossing the Balkans.
There are fears that Germany's decision to curb the number of people arriving from Austria on Sunday (September 13) evening, the next stop for the migrants after entering Hungary, will create a backlog of people stuck in limbo.
Germany temporarily suspended the two decade-old Schengen system on Sunday and reintroduced border checks after an overwhelming number of people have tried to cross the border to begin a new life.
Under Schengen treaty, border controls have been abolished between 26 European countries. But the rules still forbid undocumented migrants from crossing the bloc's unguarded internal frontiers.
Nearly all migrants reach the EU's southern and eastern edges and then proceed over land towards richer and more welcoming countries further north.
Last month, Germany stopped enforcing the EU's "Dublin" rules under which asylum seekers should register in whichever member state they first arrive in.
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