As migrants flood through Hungary, the country is racing to build a controversial fence to keep them out. Sean Carberry reports.
Migrants keep out. That's the message and goal of a 175 kilometer fence Hungary is constructing along its border with Serbia. Hungary's Defense Minister Csaba Hende says construction will be completed November 30. (SOUNDBITE) (Hungarian) HUNGARIAN DEFENSE MINISTER, CSABA HENDE, SAYING: "The soldiers of the Hungarian Army are building this sample fence with four different technologies, we will choose one or two from these which will be erected along the whole 175 kilometer border." Europe has been facing a surge in migration from the Middle East and Africa. One of the main paths is through the Balkans and into Hungary, which is the first EU country along that route. Interior Minister Sandor Pinter says the fence is a temporary measure that can be dismantled. He says for now it's the only way to respond to the more than 80,000 illegal border crossings so far this year. Hungary registered about half that amount all of last year. In Budapest, protesters took to the streets after construction started. Serbia has expressed concerns that it will be stuck with migrants who are blocked by the fence. The United Nations and the Council of Europe have criticized recent changes to Hungary's asylum laws that they say weaken protections for refugees.