Hungary introduces emergency anti-migration laws

Illegal migrants seen through razor wire fencing as they walk at the border between Serbia and Hungary, near Roszke, 180 kms southeast from Budapest, Hungary, on Aug 30, 2015.
Illegal migrants seen through razor wire fencing as they walk at the border between Serbia and Hungary, near Roszke, 180 kms southeast from Budapest, Hungary, on Aug 30, 2015. PHOTO: EPA

BUDAPEST(AFP) - Hungary's parliament on Friday introduced emergency anti-migration laws, in a tough response to the record number of refugees and migrants crossing the EU member's border as they try to reach western Europe.

The new measures include three-year jail terms for people climbing over the newly built razor wire fence on the border with Serbia, as well as new border "transit zones" to hold asylum seekers while their applications are being processed.