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Kovács: State of emergency declared in counties near Serbia

Due to the refugee crisis, the Hungarian government has declared a six-month state of emergency for two counties near the Serbian border, Bács Kiskun and Csongrád, government spokesperson Zoltán Kovács (pictured) said today in a late-morning press conference.

Ordered as a response to the massive numbers of refugees flowing across the border, the state of emergency allows the arrest and summary judgement of asylum seekers, who can be deported to Serbia in a matter of hours, according to reports. The declaration also facilitates prosecution of Hungarians who are suspected of helping asylum seekers in any illegal activity.

The possibility of declaring a state of emergency is provided by new stricter border and immigration laws taking effect today.