With Hungary cracking down on illegal border crossings from Serbia, thousands of refugees and migrants are trying to evade security forces to find a new route to western Europe. Nathan Frandino reports.
The crisis at the Hungarian border has reached a breaking point. Police are resorting to tear gas and water cannons to deter the protesting migrants demanding entrance from Serbia. Hungary's crackdown has forced refugees and migrants to search for a new route. Buses have been shuttling people by the hundreds to Croatia, where police are registering some and sending them to reception centers. One Syrian man on Serbia's side of the border says they just want to continue on their journey. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED SYRIAN MAN, SAYING: "We just want to pass. We don't want anything." For those still crossing through Hungary, they now face deportation. A court there already found this Iraqi man guilty of illegally crossing the country's border. He's been sentenced to a one-year expulsion. And many more migrants have already been caught... Despite the crackdown, those arriving in Greece say they are not deterred. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PREGNANT SYRIAN REFUGEE FROM DEIR AL-ZOR, RIM, SAYING: "We are desperate, we are fleeing for a better future for my daughter and the baby I am expecting. I am leaving to offer a better life to my children. If I have to climb mountains or die to succeed, I will." And with a long road ahead of them, the journey appears to be getting more difficult than ever.