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Migrants bused back to asylum centers from Serbia border

Associated Press logo Associated Press 07/02/2020

A child stands at the border line between Serbia and Hungary in Kelebija, Serbia, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. About two hundred migrants, including children, gathered Thursday at Serbia's border with Hungary to demand to be allowed entry into the European Union country. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

A child stands at the border line between Serbia and Hungary in Kelebija, Serbia, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. About two hundred migrants, including children, gathered Thursday at Serbia's border with Hungary to demand to be allowed entry into the European Union country. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)
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KELEBIJA, Serbia (AP) — Serbian authorities early on Friday put on buses several hundred migrants who have been camped at the border with Hungary and returned them to asylum centers further inside the country.

The migrants came to the border on Thursday, carrying banners and chanting “open borders!" They spent hours sitting or lying on the ground in cold and windy weather at the Kelebija border crossing, demanding access to the European Union country.

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Serbian state TV said the group was transferred back to asylum centers early on Friday and the border crossing reopened soon after.

The migrants are among several thousand who remain stuck in Serbia as they seek to move toward Western Europe through neighboring EU countries Hungary or Croatia.

Hungary has put up wire fences at the border with Serbia to prevent migrant entry. The country recently has reported a spike in attempts by migrants to cross the border illegally.

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