Attitude of some E. Europe nations on migration `scandalous`: Fabius

The attitude of a number of eastern European countries towards the migrant crisis facing the EU is "scandalous", French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Sunday, pointing in particular to an anti-migrant barrier in Hungary.

AFP| Last Updated: Aug 30, 2015, 16:29 PM IST

Paris: The attitude of a number of eastern European countries towards the migrant crisis facing the EU is "scandalous", French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Sunday, pointing in particular to an anti-migrant barrier in Hungary.

"When I see a certain number of European countries, particularly in the east, who do not accept quotas (of migrants), I find it scandalous," he told Europe 1 radio.

Germany has acted "courageously," with the support of France, "but Europe as a whole must assume its responsibilities," said Fabius.

He specifically pointed to a razor-wire barrier along Hungary`s border with non-EU member Serbia, aimed at keeping out migrants, which Fabius said "did not respect Europe`s common values".

The barrier consisting of three rolls of razor wire along the 175-kilometre frontier is however failing to prevent people getting across, AFP saw in a recent visit.

A four-metre-high (13-foot) fence is due to follow and is already being built by the Hungarian army which will "also provide a defence against illegal border-crossers," according to the country`s defence ministry.

Hungary, a member of the European Union and of the visa-free Schengen zone, has this year intercepted more than 140,000 migrants entering from Serbia.