Europe

Serbia to send army, police on borders because of migrants

  • Children play a game at a migrant camp at Serbia's border with Hungary, in Horgos, Serbia, Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Hungarian police and soldiers have beaten some migrants severely before sending them back across the border to Serbia, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Wednesday. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

    Children play a game at a migrant camp at Serbia's border with Hungary, in Horgos, Serbia, Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Hungarian police and soldiers have beaten some migrants severely before sending them back across the border to Serbia, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Wednesday. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman sits on the ground after having a heat stroke at a migrant camp at Serbia's border with Hungary, in Horgos, Serbia, Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Hungarian police and soldiers have beaten some migrants severely before sending them back across the border to Serbia, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Wednesday. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

    A woman sits on the ground after having a heat stroke at a migrant camp at Serbia's border with Hungary, in Horgos, Serbia, Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Hungarian police and soldiers have beaten some migrants severely before sending them back across the border to Serbia, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Wednesday. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)  (The Associated Press)

Serbia says it will deploy joint army and police patrols on the borders with Bulgaria and Macedonia to curb illegal entry of migrants and people smuggling.

Serbia's move comes days after EU member Hungary started applying harsher border control rules that include sending migrants back across the border to Serbia.

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Saturday that "Serbia cannot be a parking ground for people from Afghanistan or Pakistan whom no one else in Europe wishes to accept."

Vucic adds that "Serbia must protect its national interests," but that refugees who apply for asylum in Serbia will be granted help.