February 9, 2017 / 1:22 PM / a year ago

Hungary stands ready to build second fence on southern border

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary is ready to build a second line fencing on its southern border to keep out migrants if the situation worsens this year or next, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff said on Thursday.

Janos Lazar also told a news conference that the government plans to set up container camps on the southern border, where it wants to detain migrants while their asylum requests are being assessed.

He said there were close to 600 migrants in Hungary waiting for their asylum application to be processed, mostly in open camps, which posed a “security risk”, and the aim was to restrict them in their movement, keeping them on the border.

Reporting by Krisztina Than, editing by Larry King

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