Europe Migrant Crisis: Hundreds of migrants in Serbia go on hunger strike, march to Hungary

19:12 Jul. 22, 2016

Hundreds of migrants in Serbia go on hunger strike, march to Hungary

A group of migrants walk on the outskirts of Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, July 22, 2016, to protest over the closed national border preventing them from journeying into central Europe. (AP Photo)

Budapest earlier introduced strict limits on number of entries into the country

Hundreds of migrants in Serbia's capital Belgrade announced a hunger strike to call on Hungary to open its borders for political asylum seekers, Reuters reports.

"They want to go to Hungary, they want borders open," said Vladimir Sjekloca, a manager of Belgrade's Asylum Info Centre. "Most of them spent the night in the park."

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Later in the day, a group of 300 men marched across the main bridge of the city, and continued to move to the Hungarian border, around 200 kilometres to the north.

Hungary, Serbia's neighbour and EU member, has earlier limited the number of migrants crossing its borders to a maximum of 30. It has also allowed police to send back illegal migrants detained within eight kilometres of its Serbia border.

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Since the beginning of the year, over 100,000 migrants have passed through Serbia. To cope with the influx, police and army last week formed joint border patrols.

On Friday, Serbia's minister for social affairs, Aleksandar Vulin, said around 3,000 migrants were stranded in the country.

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