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Soldiers in Hungary begin building fence on border with Serbia to stop rising flow of migrants

  • Members of the Hungarian defense force are building a fence at the Hungarian-Serbian border in Asotthalom, 184 km southeast of Budapest, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. The fence is meant to stop the rising flow of migrants and refugees trying to enter the European Union. (Gergely Zoltan Kelemen/MTI via AP)

    Members of the Hungarian defense force are building a fence at the Hungarian-Serbian border in Asotthalom, 184 km southeast of Budapest, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. The fence is meant to stop the rising flow of migrants and refugees trying to enter the European Union. (Gergely Zoltan Kelemen/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Members of the Hungarian defense force are building a fence at the Hungarian-Serbian border in Asotthalom, 184 km southeast of Budapest, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. The fence is meant to stop the rising flow of migrants and refugees trying to enter the European Union. (Gergely Zoltan Kelemen/MTI via AP)

    Members of the Hungarian defense force are building a fence at the Hungarian-Serbian border in Asotthalom, 184 km southeast of Budapest, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. The fence is meant to stop the rising flow of migrants and refugees trying to enter the European Union. (Gergely Zoltan Kelemen/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Hungarian soldiers build a fence on the Hungarian - Serbian border near Asotthalom, Hungary on Monday Aug. 3, 2015. Flow of migrants continue to hit Hungary’s southern borders while Hungarian soldiers have begun building a 4-meter-high (13-foot-high) fence on the border with Serbia meant to stop the rising flow of migrants trying to enter the European Union. More than 100,000 migrants have reached Hungary on routes across the Balkans so far in 2015. Recently, some 80 percent of them are from war zones like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)

    Hungarian soldiers build a fence on the Hungarian - Serbian border near Asotthalom, Hungary on Monday Aug. 3, 2015. Flow of migrants continue to hit Hungary‚Äôs southern borders while Hungarian soldiers have begun building a 4-meter-high (13-foot-high) fence on the border with Serbia meant to stop the rising flow of migrants trying to enter the European Union. More than 100,000 migrants have reached Hungary on routes across the Balkans so far in 2015. Recently, some 80 percent of them are from war zones like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)  (The Associated Press)

Hungarian soldiers have begun building a fence on the border with Serbia meant to stop the rising flow of migrants trying to enter the European Union.

On the outskirts of the southern village of Asotthalom, soldiers on Monday were using heavy machinery to drive metal rods into the ground, the first steps in the construction of the nearly 4-meter (13-foot) high fence which the government wants to finish by Aug. 31.

More than 100,000 migrants have reached Hungary on routes across the Balkans so far in 2015. Recently, some 80 percent of them are from war zones like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Nearly all request asylum in Hungary but try to move to EU countries further west like Germany, Sweden or Britain before their claims are settled.