The Hungarian government has posted ads in Lebanese and Jordanian newspapers warning migrants not to enter Hungary illegally – saying it is a crime punishable by imprisonment.
In a full-page advertisement in several newspapers, including Lebanon’s leading An-Nahar and Jordan’s Al-Rai, the government said ‘the strongest possible action is taken’ against people who attempt to enter Hungary illegally.
‘Do not listen to the people smugglers. Hungary will not allow illegal immigrants to cross its territory,’ the advertisement reads in English and Arabic.
The news comes as Austrian police revealed that nearly 24,000 refugees crossed over border from Hungary over the weekend, with a further 3,200 arriving this morning alone.
Meanwhile authorities in Croatia have set up a migrant reception centre in the eastern village of Opatovac, hoping to inject order into the unrelenting chaos that has gripped the country overwhelmed by thousands seeking sanctuary in Europe.