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EU's migration official says immigration pressure on Hungary similar to that in Italy, Greece

  • European Commissioner in charge of migration, home affairs and citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos, left, is guided by Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto during their meeting at the foreign ministry in Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (Lajos Soos/MTI via AP)

    European Commissioner in charge of migration, home affairs and citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos, left, is guided by Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto during their meeting at the foreign ministry in Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (Lajos Soos/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • European Commissioner in charge of migration, home affairs and citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos, left, and Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto, right, start talks during their meeting at the foreign ministry in Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (Lajos Soos/MTI via AP)

    European Commissioner in charge of migration, home affairs and citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos, left, and Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto, right, start talks during their meeting at the foreign ministry in Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (Lajos Soos/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Refugees from Afghanistan gather in no man's land between an old, partly ruined brick factory and a dump on the outskirts of Subotica, northern Serbia, near the Hungarian border, Monday, June 29, 2015. Illegal migrants usually wait here until they can cross the border into Hungary and the Schengen zone of the European Union. (Edvard Molnar/MTI via AP)

    Refugees from Afghanistan gather in no man's land between an old, partly ruined brick factory and a dump on the outskirts of Subotica, northern Serbia, near the Hungarian border, Monday, June 29, 2015. Illegal migrants usually wait here until they can cross the border into Hungary and the Schengen zone of the European Union. (Edvard Molnar/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The European Union's top migration official says the pressure faced by Hungary from flows of migrants and refugees is similar to what Greece and Italy are facing with migration across the Mediterranean Sea.

EU commissioner for migration Dimitris Avramopoulos also said Tuesday that unilateral solutions to the rising migration flow "will only shift the problem to the next neighboring country, it will not solve it." At the same time, he said that each EU country had the right to protect its own borders.

Hungary has announced that it plans to build a 4-meter (13-foot) -high fence on its southern border with Serbia to stem the arrival of migrants. Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said after his meeting with Avramopoulos that over 67,000 illegal migrants have entered Hungary so far this year.