Matthew Day, Telegraph, August 3, 2015
Hungary has drafted hundreds of unemployed workers to help speed up work on the country’s controversial anti-immigration fence that will run along the border with Serbia.
Almost 500 people on job seeker’s allowance have been told to report for duty as labourers or face having their dole money stopped as Hungary races to complete the fence by the end of the month.
The Hungarian plan for the 108-mile barrier has provoked sharp international criticism with some labelling it a new Iron Curtain in Europe. But the Hungarian government has defended its decision, saying the wall is needed to curb the growing number of migrants targeting the Schengen-zone country as a gateway into the EU.
Last month Viktor Orban, the Hungarian prime minister, described illegal immigrants coming from the “depths of Africa” as a threat to Europe’s existence.
Drawn from the ranks of unemployed in southern Hungary, the draftees, if they pass a medical declaring them fit, will work eight-hour shifts on the fence.