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Breaking News: Hungary Declares State Of Emergency As Migrant Crisis Turns Unpredictable

Ferenc Sullivan 2016.03.09.

The Hungarian government is declaring a state of emergency concerning migration for the entire area of the country, Minister of Interior Sándor Pintér announced in Budapest on Wednesday.

According to the cabinet, this is necessary because of the unknown effect the closure of the migration route through the Balkans will have on migrants. Over the past weeks, an average of 100 individuals have been entering Hungary illegally through its southern border. However, the Balkans route has been closed since Tuesday and both Serbia and Croatia have shut down their borders.

Pintér Sándor

The announcement was made by Hungarian Minister of Interior Sándor Pintér on Wednesday (photo: Tibor Illyés/MTI)

Under the decision, additional police and army forces will be deployed to the country’s borders, with 1500 soldiers taking part in the operation. Mr. Pintér revealed that Hungary is ready to seal off its border with Romania if necessary, although the government believes that this is currently not the case.

Since Tuesday midnight, reports have claimed that no migrants have been entering Serbia or crossing from Serbia to Croatia. The last train towards Serbia, carrying 437 migrants, departed from Macedonia on Monday.