Serbia Prevents Attempt to Smuggle Migrants to Hungary, Budapest Reinforcing Border Fence

Serbian police have thwarted a people trafficker’s attempt to smuggle 44 migrants across the border to Hungary, AP reported on Monday.

The group, consisting of migrants from Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and Iran, was discovered in the Serbian border town of Subotica where they had arrived by a local bus.

Serbian police arrested three Afghans on charges of planning to smuggle the migrants across the border.

The closure of the Western Balkans route to migrants in March and the sealing of Hungary’s border with Serbia in autumn 2015 has left asylum seekers with little options to reach Northern Europe.

Meanwhile, Hungary has begun reinforcing its wire fence on the border with Serbia as migrant arrivals increased after Greek authorities emptied Idomeni camp on the country’s border with Macedonia last week, AFP reported on Monday.

The number of migrants trying to cross Hungary‘s border fence has increased from …

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