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A bulldozer of the Hungarian Defence Force is used to prepare the terrain for the building of at the Hungarian-Serbian border near Morahalom, 179 kms southeast from Budapest, Monday, July 13, 2015. The fence is meant to stem the unprecedented flow of migrants, the government said Monday. (Zoltan Gergely Kelemen/MTI via AP)

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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary has begun building a fence on the country’s southern border with Serbia, meant to stem the unprecedented flow of migrants, the government said Monday.

Military personnel began working on a 150-meter (490-foot) “sample section” Monday morning on the outskirts of the town of Morahalom, where a bulldozer and other heavy machinery were preparing the ground for construction, according to a joint statement from the interior and defense ministries.

“A daily average of 1,000 illegal border crossers are arriving in Hungary, so illegal immigration has become a severe problem and its control a prominent task,” the ministries said.

Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said Hungary was committed to building the fence, which it says is a temporary measure.

The mayor of Morahalom, Zoltan Nogradi, said he had not been told in advance about the start of construction, but welcomed the initiative.

“There has been no better idea to resolve this untenable situation,” said Nogradi, who is from the governing Fidesz party.

 

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