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Hungary says it's among countries most exposed to migration, says 300,000 expected in 2015

  • Members of the Hungarian Defense Force install barbed  wire on top of the finished 175-meter long sample section of the so-called temporary border closure intended to prevent illegal migrants from entering the country at the Hungarian-Serbian border near Morahalom, 179 kms southeast from Budapest, Saturday July 18, 2015. (Zoltan Gergely Kelemen/MTI via AP)

    Members of the Hungarian Defense Force install barbed wire on top of the finished 175-meter long sample section of the so-called temporary border closure intended to prevent illegal migrants from entering the country at the Hungarian-Serbian border near Morahalom, 179 kms southeast from Budapest, Saturday July 18, 2015. (Zoltan Gergely Kelemen/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Members of the Hungarian Defense Force install barbed wire on top of the finished 175-meter long sample section of the so-called temporary border closure intended to prevent illegal migrants from entering the country at the Hungarian-Serbian border near Morahalom, 179 kms southeast from Budapest, Saturday July 18, 2015. (Zoltan Gergely Kelemen/MTI via AP)

    Members of the Hungarian Defense Force install barbed wire on top of the finished 175-meter long sample section of the so-called temporary border closure intended to prevent illegal migrants from entering the country at the Hungarian-Serbian border near Morahalom, 179 kms southeast from Budapest, Saturday July 18, 2015. (Zoltan Gergely Kelemen/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Hungarian soldiers place a barbed wire fence near Morahalom, Hungary, Thursday, July 16, 2015, as work continues to build a border fence between Hungary and Serbia to stem the flow of migrants. Defense Minister Csaba Hende said Thursday that 900 people would work simultaneously on 10-12 sections of the fence which is planned to be 4 meters (13 feet) high along the 175-kilometer (109-mile) border between Hungary and Serbia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    Hungarian soldiers place a barbed wire fence near Morahalom, Hungary, Thursday, July 16, 2015, as work continues to build a border fence between Hungary and Serbia to stem the flow of migrants. Defense Minister Csaba Hende said Thursday that 900 people would work simultaneously on 10-12 sections of the fence which is planned to be 4 meters (13 feet) high along the 175-kilometer (109-mile) border between Hungary and Serbia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)  (The Associated Press)

The Hungarian government says it expects up to 300,000 migrants to reach the country this year, around twice its earlier estimate.

Nearly 90,000 migrants have come to Hungary so far in 2015. Most continue to other parts of the European Union.

Janos Lazar, head of the Prime Minister's Office, said Tuesday that "Hungary has become one of the countries most exposed to illegal migration." He said the fence the country plans to build on the southern border with Serbia to stem the flow of migrants "needs to be built in the shortest term possible."

Lazar said most of the 175-kilometer (109-mile) Hungary-Serbia border would be protected by a chain-link fence dug 1.5 meters (5 feet) into the ground and rising 3 meters (10 feet) above ground, topped with razor wire.