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Fence-building Hungary defends action over 'brutal threat'

Hungary's prime minister has said eastern European nations are forced to protect themselves from the "brutal threat" of mass migration until the EU organises a united response to the refugee crisis.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government has built a fence to keep out refugees on the Serbian border and is rapidly constructing a similar 3.5-metre-high steel fence on the Croatian border.

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Recap: Thousands left stranded in refugees crisis

Refugees hold banners as they protest at the Tovarnik railway station in Croatia. Credit: Reuters

Thousands of refugees and migrants are stuck in limbo as efforts continue to hold them back as a "tug-of-war" continues between some EU states about how to handle the crisis.

Hungary

  • Military reservists have been called up to help deal with the "mass migration situation", according to Hungarian news agency MTI.
  • On Friday, the government said more than 4,000 refugees and migrants arrived in the country from Croatia.
  • A Croatian train said to have been carrying over 1,000 refugees and 40 policeman was seized after crossing the border. The train driver was reportedly arrested
  • Hungary has accused Croatia of encouraging refugees to illegally cross borders and "shipping" them to Hungary without prior consultation.

Croatia

  • More than 17,000 migrants and refugees have arrived in the country since Wednesday after Hungary closed its borders.
  • Despite its initial "open-door" policy, Croatia has now said it can no longer offer refuge and people will be moved on.
  • All but one of its border crossing points have been closed.

Slovenia

  • Slovenia has sent back trainloads of refugees and migrants and blocked the path of those trying to reach the country on foot from Croatia.
  • Riot police used what appeared to be pepper spray on a crowd trying to cross the border from the Croatian village of Harmica, Reuters reports.
  • Slovenia is a member of Europe's Schengen zone of border-free travel.
  • With around 1,000 migrants expected to enter Slovenia in the next 24 hours, it has said it plans to abide by EU rules by receiving asylum requests but returning illegal migrants.

A record 473,887 refugees and migrants - most of them from countries at war such as Syria- have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe so far this year, according to the International Organisation for Migration.

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