Cutting Through Hungary’s Razor Wire Fence: Breaking Borders (Dispatch 6)

As Hungary cracked down on its border policies this week, those seeking refuge in Europe made one last push before their route was altered permanently.

The tightening of the Hungarian frontier on Tuesday marked a crucial shift in the migrants’ journey, leaving them in limbo and forcing many to divert through Croatia, or cutting the fence separating Serbia and Hungary and risking significant jail time.

VICE News followed refugees the day before, seeing the desperate measures migrants and refugees resort to, and talking to those who had made the journey from Syria, trying to beat the deadline.

Watch “Migrants and Refugees Test Lesbos’ Limits: Breaking Borders (Dispatch 5)” – http://bit.ly/1LCLmDt

Read “‘I’m Doing it to Survive’: Crossing the Croatian Border With Hundreds of Migrants” – http://bit.ly/1QmVZ0X

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Migrants and Refugees Test Lesbos’ Limits: Breaking Borders (Dispatch 5)

Just a few miles from Turkey, Greece’s Aegean islands are the frontline in Europe’s migrant crisis, as more and more refugees risk a dangerous sea crossing to escape the chaos of the Middle East.

As dinghies land on the shores of the island of Lesbos, and life jackets scatter the beaches, the migrants and refugees wait for ferries to take them to mainland Greece, a gateway into the European Union.

Yet the island is struggling to register and accommodate the new arrivals, and tensions have mounted as small groups of local citizens demonstrate against the presence of Muslim refugees.

VICE News travels to Lesbos, where a sudden influx of 20,000 migrants has stretched the island’s ability to cope to breaking point.

Watch “Stopover in Serbia: Breaking Borders (Dispatch 4)” – http://bit.ly/1JbWohd

Read “Video Shows Hungarian Police Firing Tear Gas and Water Cannon at Migrants” -http://bit.ly/1KgXwlz

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