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Hungarian police and thermal cameras to help Serbia stop migrants on Macedonian border

  • Serbian Police Director Milorad Veljovic, second right, and Karoly Papp, Chief Commissioner, Hungarian National Police, right, attend  a press conference about the joint actions against the migration at the Csongrad county police headquarters in Szeged, 170 kms southeast of Budapest, Hungary,Monday June 22, 2015. (AP Photo/MTI, Zoltan Gergely Kelemen)

    Serbian Police Director Milorad Veljovic, second right, and Karoly Papp, Chief Commissioner, Hungarian National Police, right, attend a press conference about the joint actions against the migration at the Csongrad county police headquarters in Szeged, 170 kms southeast of Budapest, Hungary,Monday June 22, 2015. (AP Photo/MTI, Zoltan Gergely Kelemen)  (The Associated Press)

  • Serbian Police Director Milorad Veljovic, second right, and Karoly Papp, Chief Commissioner, Hungarian National Police, right, hold a press conference about the joint actions against the migration at the Csongrad county police headquarters in Szeged, 170 kms southeast of Budapest, Hungary,Mondau June 22,l  2015. (Zoltan Gergely Kelemen/MTI via AP)

    Serbian Police Director Milorad Veljovic, second right, and Karoly Papp, Chief Commissioner, Hungarian National Police, right, hold a press conference about the joint actions against the migration at the Csongrad county police headquarters in Szeged, 170 kms southeast of Budapest, Hungary,Mondau June 22,l 2015. (Zoltan Gergely Kelemen/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Hungarian police say they will help patrol the Serbia-Macedonia border to try to stem the flow of migrants and refugees attempting to reach the European Union.

Hungarian police chief Karoly Papp said Monday that 20 officers and four mobile thermal cameras would be deployed from next week on Serbia's southern border with Macedonia, from where hundreds of migrants and refugees are crossing daily.

Traveling north across Serbia, refugees request asylum once they reach Hungary but most of them move further west to countries like Austria and Germany before their petitions are resolved. About 60,000 people have entered Hungary illegally this year, nearly all from Serbia.

Last week, Hungary said it planned to build a 4-meter (13-foot) high fence on its border with Serbia to stem the flow of migrants.