Refugees have started moving to Croatia as Hungary began securing its border with razor-wire fencing. Hungary has also started arresting migrants who are trying to bypass the 109-mile fence.
A bus full of refugees came to Serbia’s border with Croatia Wednesday, with the group of migrants mostly consisting of people from Afghanistan and Syria. Over 200,000 migrants have arrived in Hungary so far in 2015 while most of them intend to travel to Germany via Austria.
Meanwhile, Amnesty International criticized Budapest for its policies against the Middle Eastern refugees.
"Meeting those fleeing conflict and persecution with razor wire, troops and draconian new laws, Hungary is showing the ugly face of Europe's shambolic response to the growing refugee crisis," Press TV quoted Amnesty as saying.
According to Hungarian security adviser Gyorgy Bakondi, at least 155 people have been arrested while trying to cross the country. Some of them have been accused of trying to damage the fence.
Humanitarian organizations, neighboring countries and migrants condemned Hungary’s policies alike while refugees started staging demonstrations before the razor-wire fence as well.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, however, said that his government delivered what it had promised. He said that fleeing the Middle East to escape the Syrian civil war was enough for the refugees to have a safer life. They don’t have to “march through Hungary on their way to wealthy, welcoming nations such as Germany,” Washington Post reported.
Hungary earlier announced in Arabic at the border fence that it was not opening the border. The country also declared a state of emergency in two counties near Serbian borders, allowing the parliament to deploy troops there while Budapest dispatched the first of 800 new border guards to the fence.