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Hundreds Of Migrant Young Men March To Hungary To Demand Open Borders

July 22, 2016

Hundreds of migrants marched through Belgrade, Sebria on Friday towards Syria’s border with Hungary to protest the border closure that prevents people from reaching the European Union.

On their 120 mile march to the border, migrants held up signs that read, “Hungary Open Borders” and “No Borders, No Fence.”

Roughly 300 men from Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan walked across the main bridge between the center of Belgrade and the Novi Beograd area with several police cars driving slowly along the side of them.

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One of the men in the group shouted “We have no money, we walk.”

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Last month, European Union member, Hungary, began sending back illegal migrants that were detained within five miles of the Serbian border. Hungary has also cracked down on the number of people entering the country by allowing in 30 people a day, which are mostly made up of families and children.

On Friday, Aleksandar Vulin, Serbia’s minister for social affairs said that there are roughly 3,000 migrants stuck in Serbia, with hundreds camping along the border. 

To deal with the massive influx of migrants, the Serbian police and army formed joint border patrols last week with Bulgaria and Macedonia. Many stranded migrants refuse to apply for asylum there due to fears that it will ruin their chance of making it to an EU nation.

Last year, 650,000 people passed through Serbia on their way to the EU.