[2/24/17] Hungary is to start building a new fence on the Serbian border in the spring to hold back an expected new surge of migrants.
Janos Lazar, Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Viktor Orban, said construction will begin as soon as the weather allows, amid fears hundreds of thousands of migrants could once again attempt to travel up through the Balkans in order to reach Western Europe.
AP reports the Hungarian government expects to spend around £104 million on the new fence, and will also set up shipping containers at key points along the border to help process any new arrivals. Asylum seekers will have to wait at these sites while their applications are processed.
Mr Lazar said the new fence would act as a “second line of defence”, and confirmed asylum seekers would not be free to roam to the country as happens in other European Union (EU) states.