Living next to Hungary's border fence
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Living next to Hungary's electric border fence

In the summer of 2015, thousands of migrants from Afghanistan, Syria, Iran and Iraq crossed into Hungary from Serbia seeking the safety and prosperity of Europe.

An impenetrable border barrier of barbed wire and electric fences now divides Hungary with Serbia stretching for 170Km (106 miles). It was constructed to stop the migrant flow.

Hardtalk's Stephen Sackur went to visit the divide and meet a big supporter of it. Lazlo Toroczkai, an extreme Hungarian nationalist, is Mayor of Asotthalom, a village on the border.

Mr Toroczhai tells Hardalk: "This is not a good situation but we could not do anything else. We had to protect our country."

You can see the Hardtalk interview in full on Monday 4 March on BBC World News and the BBC News Channel and after on BBC iPlayer (UK only).

  • 04 Mar 2019
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