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Hungarian Army Given New Powers In Migration Crisis

Hungary's parliament has allowed the army to use nonlethal force to prevent illegal migrants crossing the border.

Under new legislation adopted on September 21, the military will be able to use rubber bullets, tear gas, and net guns to control migrants at its border, while police will be able to enter private homes to look for illegal migrants.

Earlier this month, Hungary sealed off its border with Serbia, making it a criminal offense to illegally enter the country or damage the fence it has built along its entire border with Serbia.

More than 500,000 migrants have entered EU member states this year, many of them escaping conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

The influx comes amid divisions within the 28-member bloc over how to deal with Europe’s biggest influx of migrants and asylum seekers since World War II.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP