The European Union is currently grappling with a major refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of migrants attempting to reach EU member states through various routes, including Italy, Greece, Turkey and the Balkan states.

Estimates from the EU external border protection agency Frontex show that over 340,000 migrants were detected at the bloc’s external borders between January and July 2015, three times higher than the same period in 2014.

“With regard to all those people who are politically chased out of their country we have to be able to welcome them. Every country has to respond to that. France, Germany, others have, but when I see certain countries that do not accept [migrant] quotas, I find that scandalous,” Fabius told the French Europe 1 radio.

“In particular eastern European states. They are extremely harsh. Hungary is part of Europe, which has values and we do not respect those value by putting up fences,” Fabius said, adding that Hungary was not respecting EU values.

On Saturday, Hungary completed construction of an anti-immigration fence on the country’s southern border with Serbia.


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