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Report: Number of refugees arriving to Hungary drops significantly

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MTI / Kelemen Zoltán Gergely

Yesterday, on the day stricter border laws took effect in Hungary, only 316 people were detained as they entered Hungary near the Horgos-Röszke border with Serbia, György Bakondi, chief advisor of the Prime Minister, said today at a press conference in Szeged.

This is a dramatic drop as compared to Monday, when a record number of 9,380 refugees arrived in the country and were registered as unauthorized border crossers by the Hungarian Police.

Meanwhile, 94 asylum seeking procedures were initiated at the Horgos-Röszke border, Bakondi, said.

He noted that 46 penal procedures have been initiated and the first fast track trial will be held this afternoon to determine whether the refugees will be granted asylum.

As of yesterday, those refugees who entered Hungary by climbing through or breaching the fence, are considered “illegal border crossers” and can be prosecuted and sentenced to serve a prison term – or returned to Serbia, which has said they will not take them.

Bakondi said that there are a few hundred refugees on the Serbian side of the border at Horgos-Röszke. At times, the refugees voice their demands and shout in protest, he added.

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