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Hungarian inmates working around the clock on border fence

  • Hungarian and Polish soldiers and policemen patrol the Hungarian-Serbian border near Roszke, 180 kms southeast of Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. Two days earlier forty-nine Polish officers, including twenty-five policemen and twenty-four border guards arrived to Hungary to assist their Hungarian colleagues with border defence until October 29. The Polish contingent fulfills duty as part of the cooperation between the Visegrad Group (V4) countries. (Zoltan Gergely Kelemen/MTI via AP)

    Hungarian and Polish soldiers and policemen patrol the Hungarian-Serbian border near Roszke, 180 kms southeast of Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. Two days earlier forty-nine Polish officers, including twenty-five policemen and twenty-four border guards arrived to Hungary to assist their Hungarian colleagues with border defence until October 29. The Polish contingent fulfills duty as part of the cooperation between the Visegrad Group (V4) countries. (Zoltan Gergely Kelemen/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Prison inmates are manufacturing razor wire used on the fences Hungary has built on its borders with Serbia and Croatia to stop the flow of migrants and refugees, in Marianosztra, Hungary, Wednesday,. Sept. 21, 2016. Prime Minister Viktor Orban has announced plans for a second fence on the Serbian border against a possible surge of people along the Balkan route toward western Europe but rights advocates see the barrier as Hungary’s first step in the dismantling of its asylum system. (AP Photo/Andras Nagy)

    Prison inmates are manufacturing razor wire used on the fences Hungary has built on its borders with Serbia and Croatia to stop the flow of migrants and refugees, in Marianosztra, Hungary, Wednesday,. Sept. 21, 2016. Prime Minister Viktor Orban has announced plans for a second fence on the Serbian border against a possible surge of people along the Balkan route toward western Europe but rights advocates see the barrier as Hungary‚Äôs first step in the dismantling of its asylum system. (AP Photo/Andras Nagy)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Hungarian soldier patrols at the transit zone at Hungary's southern border with Serbia near Tompa, 169 km southeast of Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. Hungarian prison inmates have ramped up their production of razor wire, working around the clock as Hungary prepares to build a second fence on the border with Serbia to keep out refugees and other migrants. (Sandor Ujvari/MTI via AP)

    A Hungarian soldier patrols at the transit zone at Hungary's southern border with Serbia near Tompa, 169 km southeast of Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. Hungarian prison inmates have ramped up their production of razor wire, working around the clock as Hungary prepares to build a second fence on the border with Serbia to keep out refugees and other migrants. (Sandor Ujvari/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Hungarian prison inmates have ramped up their production of razor wire, working around the clock as Hungary prepares to build a second fence on the border with Serbia to keep out refugees and other migrants.

Razor wire manufacture at the prison in Marianosztra, northern Hungary, has increased from two shifts earlier this year, to three. Besides its domestic use, Hungary has also sold or donated fence elements, including wire and steel posts, to other countries in the region, including Slovenia and Macedonia.

Human rights organizations, meanwhile, consider Hungary's fences erected last year as the first step in efforts by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government to dismantle the country's asylum system.

Hungary's Helsinki Committee says the fence, the closure of asylum centers and other measures are destroying the asylum system.