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The Latest: Countries That Refuse Refugees Could Lose Funds

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 04:13 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The latest developments as European governments rush to cope with the huge number of people moving across Europe. All times local (CET):

10:10 a.m.

Germany's interior minister is backing the idea of cutting European Union funding to countries that refuse to share the burden of hosting refugees.

Several EU countries, particularly in the former Eastern bloc, have rejected calls from Germany and the EU's executive Commission for mandatory quotas to spread refugees out among the 28-nation bloc.

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Tuesday there needs to be discussion of how to exert pressure. He told ZDF television that the countries rejecting quotas often receive significant amounts of EU funding.

He said that Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has suggested — "and I find that right" — that "we should talk about (them) getting less money from the structural funds."

9:50 a.m.

Hungarian police say two crossings on the border with Serbia have been closed to all traffic as stricter rules about the entry of migrants are applied.

Col. Laszlo Balazs said Tuesday that the measure affects the smaller of two border crossings near the village of Roszke and one checkpoint at the village of Asotthalom.

Balazs said he had "no information" about where migrants seeking to apply for asylum in Hungary would be let in.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban has indicated that asylum requests from migrants trying to enter Hungary from Serbia will be rejected because Serbia is a safe country where migrants do not risk war or persecution.

Some 200,000 migrants have reached Hungary so far in 2015, nearly all by walking across the southern border with Serbia.

9:10 a.m.

The Hungarian government is expected to declare a state of emergency due to the large number of refugees and others who have been entering the country.

The state of emergency would allow the government to mobilize the army — pending parliamentary approval next week — to help police with border control, force courts to prioritize cases involving people caught entering Hungary illegally and give police the power to search homes without a warrant if they suspect migrants may be hiding there.

The Cabinet will make a decision about declaring the state of emergency at its meeting on Tuesday. Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in an interview on Hungarian broadcaster TV2 that he expects the Cabinet to do so.

9:05 a.m.

Hundreds of migrants have spent a night in tents or out in the open on the Serbian side of the border with Hungary awaiting the opening of the crossing at Roszke, which was closed shortly after midnight.

Hundreds continue to arrive, though Serbian border guards say that the crossing into Hungary will no longer be open. Two official crossings will allow migrants to cross, but will only allow in those who have applied for asylum in Serbia. Those who have not will be returned to Serbia.

Serbian officials have said they will not accept migrants back from Hungary.

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