Middle-Eastern migrants and refugees are getting particular as to which country they settle down in it seems, as they are protesting at the Serbia-Hungary border for entry so that they can make it into other EU countries. Hungary had recently erected a border fence to keep refugees from flooding into their country, as well as crossing through their territory into other countries.
The Associate Press reports:
Some 300 mostly young men and boys from Afghanistan and Pakistan started marching Friday from Belgrade toward the Hungarian border, 200 kilometers (120 miles) away. Faced with scorching heat, many gave up along the way, while others traveled part of the route by train.
It looks like border fences and proper security really does work, as one 19-year-old reported as he was prevented twice from entering Hungary, even as he tried to bypass their border controls.
“I have a message for EU leaders, I want to go to the border and stay and ask why you closed the border,” said 19-year-old Mohammad Amin from Afghanistan.
Amin said he has tried twice to cross into Hungary, but was pushed back. He claimed Hungarian police were using “dogs, spray, electroshocks” against the migrants.
Here’s the kicker, the migrants currently “stranded” in Serbia refuse to apply for asylum there, since they are worried it would hurt their chances of reaching an EU nation, where they must assume they’ll be better taken care of.
Faced with a pileup of refugees, Serbian authorities also have announced stricter joint army and police border controls with Bulgaria and Macedonia, from where migrants mostly enter Serbia. Most of the people stranded in Serbia have refused to apply for asylum there, fearing it would ruin their chances of reaching any EU nation.
You think if they are fleeing such horrific conditions in their home countries, they would be perfectly happy applying for asylum anywhere that they could be provided safety, security and necessities. Instead, they have chosen to set up camps, with no modern facilities, on the Serbia-Hungary border, waiting for their chance to enter.