Europe

Hungary completes 2nd border fence meant to stop migrants

  • A police car patrols between the border fences on the Hungarian-Serbian border near Roszke, 180 kms southeast of Budapest, Hungary, Friday, April 28, 2017. Hungary’s government says construction is complete of a second fence on the border with Serbia meant to stop any surge in the flow of migrants toward Western Europe. (Zoltan Gergely Kelemen/MTI via AP)

    A police car patrols between the border fences on the Hungarian-Serbian border near Roszke, 180 kms southeast of Budapest, Hungary, Friday, April 28, 2017. Hungary’s government says construction is complete of a second fence on the border with Serbia meant to stop any surge in the flow of migrants toward Western Europe. (Zoltan Gergely Kelemen/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police officers with vehicles patrol between the border fences on the Hungarian-Serbian border near Roszke, 180 kms southeast of Budapest, Hungary, Friday, April 28, 2017. Hungary’s government says construction is complete of a second fence on the border with Serbia meant to stop any surge in the flow of migrants toward Western Europe. (Zoltan Gergely Kelemen/MTI via AP)

    Police officers with vehicles patrol between the border fences on the Hungarian-Serbian border near Roszke, 180 kms southeast of Budapest, Hungary, Friday, April 28, 2017. Hungary’s government says construction is complete of a second fence on the border with Serbia meant to stop any surge in the flow of migrants toward Western Europe. (Zoltan Gergely Kelemen/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • State Secretary of the Interior Ministry Karoly Kontrat, center, is shown the new temporary border fence on the Hungarian-Serbian border by Deputy Commander of the Hungarian Prison Service Major General Jozsef Lajtar, left, near Roszke, 180 kms southeast of Budapest, Hungary, Friday, April 28, 2017. Kontrat said the new, 155-kilometer (96-mile) fence provides even greater security for Hungary. (Zoltan Gergely Kelemen/MTI via AP)

    State Secretary of the Interior Ministry Karoly Kontrat, center, is shown the new temporary border fence on the Hungarian-Serbian border by Deputy Commander of the Hungarian Prison Service Major General Jozsef Lajtar, left, near Roszke, 180 kms southeast of Budapest, Hungary, Friday, April 28, 2017. Kontrat said the new, 155-kilometer (96-mile) fence provides even greater security for Hungary. (Zoltan Gergely Kelemen/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Hungary's government says construction has been completed on a second fence on the border with Serbia meant to stop any surge in the flow of migrants toward Western Europe.

Interior Ministry State Secretary Karoly Kontrat said Friday near the border town of Roszke that the new, 155-kilometer (96-mile) fence provides even greater security for Hungary.

Fences on the southern borders with Serbia and Croatia were first built in late 2015, after some 400,000 migrants and refugees passed through Hungary.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban is staunchly anti-migration and says Hungary doesn't want to solve its demographic crisis and increasingly acute labor shortage with migrants.

U.N. agencies have criticized Hungary's very strict asylum polices, including the holding of asylum-seekers in border container camps.