Photo Feature: The race to beat Hungary's border fence

Syrian refugees reach Hungary by following a Serbian rail track
(András Hajdú/IRIN)

As Hungary rushes to complete the first phase of a controversial fence along its Serbian border, migrants – mainly refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq – have been desperately trying to reach the country, which marks the beginning of the European Union’s passport-free Schengen zone. When the fence is up, entry will become much harder.

A new surge is expected as Macedonia has re-opened its border with Greece, which was closed for several days last week after the government declared a state of emergency due to the numbers of migrants and refugees entering the country.

Thousands of refugees are now crossing Serbia and heading for Hungary, where they are likely to encounter more border guards. IRIN visited the remote Hungarian border village of Röszke where hundreds of refugees, many of them Syrians, are crossing into the country every day.

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