Hungarian troops conducted military drills near the Serbian border Thursday, amid an ongoing refugee crisis.
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Hungarian military officials have already suggested the army could be used to crack down on refugees at the border; the exercises have already been hailed as a possible step towards a military deployment. A new razor-wire fence is also under construction, according to the BBC.
The Hungarian parliament is yet to vote on whether to approve the measure. The potential for a military deployment has been condemned by human rights groups.
"Winter is approaching, do we want families sleeping in railway stations, in tents on cold nights?"
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has warned “the refugee crisis will not simply go away.”
"We can build walls and fences … but imagine for a second if it were you, your children in your arms … There is no price you would not pay, no wall you would not climb, no border you would not cross,” he said Wednesday.
Arguing European nations should boost relocation efforts instead of border security, Juncker continued, "Winter is approaching, do we want families sleeping in railway stations, in tents on cold nights?"
With the global refugee population at its highest level since the aftermath of World War II, in recent months Europe has seen an influx of migrants and displaced people. While human rights groups have called for greater support for refugees, some European nations like Hungary have responded with a flurry of new security measures aimed at clamping down on border security.
The European Commission has proposed European Union member states share the load of resettling 120,000 new asylum seekers.
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