Hungary to deploy forces on borders to stop refugees

Hungarian PM Viktor Orban says 'we'll bring the border under control step by step' after Sept. 15

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Hundreds of migrants who have been stuck in Budapest for days started marching out of the city in a bid to make it to Austria.

Updated Oct 13, 2015

Hungary's conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orban, earlier on Saturday said that he will deploy security forces and police towards its southern borders, to limit the refugee surge after Sept.15, as refugees attempt to set off from Budapest to Vienna.

Orban's plan will come into effect if parliament approves a government proposal, he said.

"The big changes will come after Sept. 15... and we'll bring the border under control step by step," Orban said in a news conference. "We'll send in the police, then, if we get approval from parliament, we'll deploy the military," he added.

"It's not 150,000 [migrants coming] that some want to divide according to quotas, it's not 500,000, a figure that I heard in Brussels, it's millions, then tens of millions, because the supply of immigrants is endless," the right-wing premier said.

Several hundred refugees set off from Budapest's Keleti railway station to Vienna on foot, police escorted them as they walked across Elizabeth Bridge on Sept. 4.

Earlier this week, the Hungarian police  had allowed hundreds of refugees to board trains on their way to Germany. Most of the refugees want to travel to Germany and other European Union countries to seek asylum.

 The Austrian Interior Ministry declared that they expected more than 10,000 migrants to arrive from Hungary and around 6,000 migrants crossed into Austria in the last week, Anadolu Agency reported.

Almost 100,000 refugees reached the EU borders in July, furthermore, more than 150,000  refugees entered Hungary from January to September. 

Almost 2,500 refugees died while trying to reach Europe this year alone, according to UN reports.

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