(DAILYMAIL) — Thousands of refugees continued to arrive in the Balkans today, despite the Hungarian government posting adverts in Lebanese and Jordanian newspapers warning them that entering the country illegally 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.
This afternoon Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban followed up the adverts with incendiary language, insisting that Europe's borders are threatened by the refugees, who he claimed were 'breaking down the doors'. He subsequently granted the Hungarian army additional powers to deal with the crisis.
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The news comes as the German interior minister proposed plans the European Union to take in a fixed number of refugees directly from crisis-hit areas, in the hope of calming the crisis-hit Balkans states and limiting the number of refugees risking their lives at sea to reach Europe.