The Hungarian parliament has adopted a draft, prepared by the government, to increase measures at the country’s borders.

According to the Hungarian language daily Magyar Szo, published in Serbia, refugees (from third countries) will now be able to file their asylum requests only in the transit zone, where they will have to wait for a decision, “or return to Serbia.”

Authorities can also end the procedure if an asylum seeker withdraws their application, withdraws their statement, or prevents the authorities from photographing and fingerprinting them – or if they leave the transit zone.

Asylum seekers have no right of appeal in this case.

The report, cited by Beta, said that Hungary has already started expanding the transit zone near Roszke because of the new rules.

Meanwhile, State Secretary with the Serbian Ministry of Labor, Veteran and Social Affairs Nenad Ivanisevic told RTS that if Hungary closes its borders “migrants won’t wait in Serbia.”

“None of them want to stay here, they’ll find another way. There’s certainly the possibility that the route could change toward Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro,” he said.

Aleksandar Vulin, who heads the ministry, said he would travel to Subotica, a town in northern Serbia close to the border with Hungary, in order to “consider the situation and make decisions aimed at protecting Serbia,” the state broadcaster said.

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  1. The problem is now the Bulgarian/Serbian border. The Bulgarian police are cited as being involved in smuggling migrants from Bulgaria to Serbia. Then there’s smugglers waiting in taxis to pick up the illegals and take them to Belgrade.
    Serbia is involved in illegal smuggling by permitting this. It is a scam and the migrants are paying several of thousands of dollars to smugglers to be on this route. Most are not Syrians. And some that were have been found to have been militants involved in terrorist acts and war crimes there.

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