Hungarian police detained at least 16 people accused of crossing its border with Serbia illegally as tough new migration controls came into effect. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Hungarian police detained 16 people claiming to be Syrian and Afghan migrants early on Tuesday for illegally crossing the Serbian border fence, a police spokeswoman said, as tough new laws took effect to guard the southern frontier. A police spokeswoman said the migrants were suspected of lifting the razor wire fence to get into Hungary, which constitutes a crime under the new laws that took effect at midnight. Police said they had not been able to confirm the nationalities of the migrants, nine of whom claimed to be Syrian and seven Afghan. She later added that authorities were looking into the circumstances of how the migrants crossed the border as it was unclear whether they had been in Hungary previously. As tough, new border laws and powers to expel asylum seekers entered into force at midnight, Hungary's right-wing government sealed off a railway track used by tens of thousands of migrants, many of them Syrian refugees, to enter the EU this year on foot, for some the end of a journey from war in the Middle East and Africa. A major flashpoint in Europe's worst refugee crisis since the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s, Hungary has vowed to control the flow through the Balkan peninsula to the richer countries of northern and western Europe. Police have recorded over 190,000 entering Hungary this year, including a record for one day of more than 9,000 on Monday (September 14).