Hungary sentences migrants for climbing over its border fence

EPA/ZOLTAN GERGELY KELEMEN

Detained migrants who arrived via Serbia sit near the border village of Roszke, Hungary, 09 February 2016.

Hungary sentences migrants for climbing over its border fence


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Hungary has convicted over 1,000 migrants for illegally trying to enter the country by climbing over a fence built on the southern border in September.

As reported by Hungary Today, the number of migrants and refugees attempting to scale the border barrier has been on the rise due to alternative migration routes to Western Europe gradually being sealed off. Most of those who have been caught are expelled from Hungary for a period of one to two years, while others are handed suspended jail sentences or expelled for longer periods of time. Some migrants were given a custodial sentence for damaging the border barrier.

On February 5, Hungary Today reported that smaller groups of migrants, numbering up to 60 people, have started to resurface at Hungary’s sealed-off southern border with Serbia.

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