Fences Work: Hungary’s Border Fence with Croatia a Huge Success – Latvia Announces Border Fence
No migrants have breached the fence since the border was closed.
The Republic reported:
Hungarian officials say no migrants have breached the fence Hungary has built on its border with Croatia on the first day since the border was closed.
Hungary decided to shut its border with Croatia to the free flow of migrants on Saturday, after erecting a fence protected by coils of razor wire, police and soldiers on long stretches of the boundary between the two countries. Hungary finished a similar fence its border with Serbia last month.
To avoid Hungary, migrants are now being sent by Croatia to Slovenia, from where they continue their journey toward Germany and other European Union countries.
Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said that despite the lack of migrants entering Hungary, “we know exactly that in the background the number of illegal migrants has not diminished, there is constant pressure on the European borders.”
Over 390,000 migrants have entered Hungary this year.
Donald Trump made headlines this year for suggesting the US needs a border barrier with Mexico.
Latvian authorities announced they will build a 90 kilometer border fence with Russia.
The Moscow Times reported:
Latvian officials have announced their plans to build a 90-kilometer fence on the border with Russia in order to avoid illegal migration, regional news website Delfi reported Saturday, citing the Latvian interior minister’s interview with the BNS news agency.
The fence will alternate with sensor-based systems and zones with surveillance cameras. Its overall costs will amount to 3.5 million euros ($4 million), the report said.
Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis promised the fence would not become a “Chinese wall” preventing dialogue between the two countries. “It is needed not in order to build a Chinese wall between Russia and Latvia, but to limit the number of illegal immigrants,” he told BNS.
“We are to create a system that will prevent [illegal migrants] from crossing the border, or which will give us irrefutable evidence of their tracks,” Kozlovskis said.