In a dramatic sign that Europe’s fast-mounting refugee crisis may be set to get even worse, Hungary’s far-right leader told asylum-seekers Thursday to stay away from Europe and vowed to crack down on the thousands of migrants who are crossing into his country every day.
The harsh comments following emergency meetings with European Union leaders in Brussels came as thousands of asylum-seekers rushed Budapest’s central train station, desperate to move onward from squalid conditions but frightened that Hungarian authorities were laying a trap.
Hungary’s leaders have taken the hardest stance against the refugees, constructing a 108-mile razor-wire fence along their border and warning that Europe’s Christian future is at stake. The ballooning crisis has stunned Europe.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban showed no sign of backing down Thursday, blasting fellow European leaders for their willingness to harbor people fleeing wars in Syria and Iraq.