Viktor Orban

Hungary's harsher border rules criticized by Serbia, UN

Serbia's government on Thursday accused Hungary of enacting harsher border control policies and breaching international law by returning migrants across their shared frontier.

The U.N. refugee authority and rights groups have also criticized the moves by Hungary, saying they deny refugees an opportunity to ask for asylum.

The new rules, in place since Tuesday, allow Hungarian police to return across the border to Serbia and Croatia refugees and migrants detained within eight kilometers (five miles) of the border fences protected by razor wire.

It's an extension of Hungary's "uncompromising" policies emphasizing border control while also rejecting migration...