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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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Poland to accept 'symbolic' number of refugees

Ms Kopacz announcement comes ahead of a planned EU meeting on the refugee crisis Credit: Reuters

Poland's prime minister has said her country will accept only a "symbolic" number of refugees, a number that will be far fewer than the more than 80,000 Chechens it took in 1990s.

I can say today that there will not be too many of them. Definitely much fewer than in the '90s when Poland accepted more than 80,000 refugees from Chechnya. The number of refugees that we would take is symbolic, it constitutes a small fraction of the whole.

– Ewa Kopacz, prime minister of Poland

Ms Kopacz announcement comes just days ahead of a planned EU meeting on how to tackle the refugee crisis in Europe.

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