World Bulletin / News Desk
Austria, Hungary and Serbia agreed Tuesday to jointly step up monitoring their borders in an effort to clamp down on illegal immigration.
Interior ministers of the three countries signed a memorandum of understanding to increase the number of joint border patrols on Serbia’s borders with Hungary and Macedonia. The memorandum also calls for better equipping the patrols, jointly fighting human trafficking and establishing better cooperation among the nations’ police forces.
Three ministers agreed that their countries would further enhance the ongoing trilateral Austrian-Hungarian-Serbian cooperation since 2011 in the field of border control and the fight against human trafficking, according to B92 news.
Hungary's Interior Minister Sandor Pinter said at a joint press conference that a total of 67,000 people had requested refugee status in Hungary this year. Many migrants can only be accommodated in tents and modified containers, he added.
Hungary’s neighbor to the west, Austria, has become the top destination for immigrants, and the nation is reaching its limits while providing for 40,000 asylum seekers already there, Austrian interior minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner said.Last Mod: 06 Temmuz 2015, 13:28