They are expected to be taken to other camps, including one in the town of Bicske, near Budapest. “We need the government to take its responsibility”, she said. Germany introduced border checks September 13 to try to ensure proper registration of incoming migrants, and that led to delays.
Orban added that the Visegrad Four – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia – are cooperating well on the migrant crisis.
He added that it is because of the physical border closure that enabled Hungary to protect itself. Hungary’s position is seen as pivotal as it forms the external boundary of the EU’s Schengen passport-free travel zone.
Czech news agency CTK quoted Interior Minister Milan Chovanec as saying the plans could include sending hundreds of Czech, Polish and Slovak soldiers and police officers to help patrol Hungary’s southern border for several months.
They don’t want to stay in Greece, of course – and although Greece is part of the Schengen area, which abolishes border controls between most European Union members, it has no common border with any other Schengen member.
Germany’s top security official says authorities so far have found no cases of terrorists with instructions to carry out attacks in the country mixing into the flow of incoming migrants.
Hundreds of thousands of refugees have flooded into Europe in recent months, and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has repeatedly and urgently called for a solution to the growing crisis, a message echoed by Pope Francis during his visit to the United States last week.
Orban, whose stance has regularly raised hackles in Europe, also said that “at least 80 percent of the immigrants are young men”.
The Interior Ministry said Friday a few 11,000 asylum-seekers alone had arrived in September. Then Merkel panicked at the numbers arriving in Germany and “temporarily” closed the border with Austria. The non-Syrian in the group was Vietnamese.
Thousands of other migrants are using the so-called Balkan route to reach Europe.
The worldwide Red Cross says vulnerable migrants in the Balkans are facing increasingly hard conditions with the arrival of heavy rains and cold weather.
Croatian officials have declined to comment on what might happen if or when Hungary seals the border.
Almost 300,000 migrants have entered Hungary this year.
Volunteers from the United Nations High Commissioner from Refugees handed out blankets, warm drinks and food to those fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
That brings the total number of people seeking worldwide protection there so far this year to around 207,000, according to Eurostat figures.
Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic, who is running for re-election, said he no longer wanted to speak to his Serb counterpart, Aleksandar Vucic, on the issue of migrants.
Meanwhile Hungary declared that it was extending its razor-wire fence to cover the border with Croatia as well, and Slovenia began to stop trains coming from Croatia to search for refugees.
Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic will visit Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to discuss the refugee crisis and the disputes that have damaged relations.