Refugees at Serbia border begin hunger strike

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Wikimedia Commons/Sándor Gémes/SzomSzed -- Migrants in Hungary near the Serbian border

Around 150 refugees began a hunger strike yesterday in a field at the Hungary-Serbia border, requesting entry into the European Union, according to a report by Reuters.

Refugees entering Hungary near the Serbian border last summer. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Sándor Gémes/SzomSzéd)

Primarily composed of refugees from Afghanistan and Pakistan, the group initially numbered around 300 people and traveled from Belgrade to the border over the weekend, the report continued. 

Members of the group said they would refuse to eat until Hungary opens the border, according to the report.

The treatment of refugees by Hungarian authorities at the border with Serbia has received significant criticism from Human Rights Watch and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in recent months.

Hungarians harbor more concerns over perceived security threats and economic repercussions from refugees than residents of any other country surveyed in the European Union, according to a report published by the Pew Research Center earlier in the month.

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