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Video: Alongside migrants near Hungary’s razor wire fence

Every day, hundreds of migrants set off on the so-called Balkan route, one of the busiest irregular passages to Europe. Although longer, but less dangerous than that across the Mediterranean, the journey starts in Greece and often ends in Germany. But a razor wire fence has been mounted between Hungary and Serbia, a strategic crossing that leads into Schengen. Our reporters joined 50 Syrians who had fled the horrors of war in their homeland in a desperate attempt to reach the German Eldorado.

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When we first embarked on this story, we wanted to document Hungary’s construction of a “wall” – 175 kilometres of razor-wire fence stretching along its border with Serbia which has become a symbol for a Europe trying to barricade itself.

To us, it was a twist of irony that Hungary, which in 1989 was the first to open up its borders to the East Germans fleeing their homeland, appeared to be in the midst of constructing a modern-day “Iron Curtain”. We decided to go there to see it with our own eyes.

Our journey began right by the fence on the Serbian side of the border, in the small village of Horgos. We went there to document the “wall” but instead, we came face to face with a humanitarian crisis.

We arrived in Serbia on Sunday, August 23. The day before, neighbouring Macedonia had reopened its borders. On the day of our arrival, some 7,000 migrants resumed their journey toward the North. They were ready to enter the Schengen area.

In one short day, we saw hundreds of people pass through a hole in the fence. Since then, the numbers passing through hasn’t stopped.

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