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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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Finland tightens border controls amid refugee crisis

Refugees arrive in the border town of Tornio. Credit: Reuters

Finland has introduced new measures to tighten up it border controls in a bid to stem the growing influx of refugees and migrants from neighbouring Sweden.

Police began conducting random border checks on Saturday in the northern town of Tornio. New provisions in the Finnish 'Aliens Act' will prevent refugees travelling further into Finland unless they claim asylum.

Finland's interior minister, Petteri Orpo said:"We have readiness for that (border controls) at any time, and we have already considerably tightened our policies."

Around 12,000 refugees have entered the country so far this year, most of them from Iraq- nearly four times the number for the whole of last year.

In recent days, about 500 refugees have crossed the Swedish-Finnish border to the town of Tornio, situated near the Arctic Circle.

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