Record 5,809 migrants enter Hungary in new surge
BUDAPEST - Agence France-Presse
People arrive at a temporary holding center for migrants in the early morning near the border between Serbia and Hungary in Roszke, southern Hungary, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. AP photoA record 5,809 migrants entered Hungary in a new surge on Sept. 13, smashing the previous day's record of 4,330, Hungarian police said Sept. 14.
The sharp increase came ahead of harsh new Hungarian laws coming into force Sept. 15 under which people entering the EU country illegally can be jailed.
Hungarian news website Index.hu reported that its neighbour Serbia would try to "push through" as many as 25-30,000 migrants on Sept. 14 before the new Hungarian laws bite.
Index quoted Hungarian official sources as saying Serbia would speed up the provision of buses for the migrants, who enter Serbia from Macedonia after leaving Greece.
Once in Hungary, most migrants seek to travel onto western Europe, particularly to Germany and Sweden, via Austria.
But with tens of thousands crossing its frontiers, German authorities on Sunday decided to reinstate border controls, and all trains between Austria and Germany were temporarily suspended, leaving thousands effectively stranded in Austria.
In addition to the new laws, Hungary is also building a controversial four-metre high (13-feet) fence all along its 175-kilometre (110-mile) border with Serbia.