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Hungary votes in migrant referendum

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>> Hungarians are voting on whether to accept the European Union's migrant quotas, a means of more evenly distributing across the European Union the tens of thousands of migrants and refugees that are arriving in Italy and Greece. I'm Reuters Emily Wither in the capital, Budapest, outside one of the polling stations.
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The people I've spoken to here have all told me that they will be voting no to reject migrant quotas. That message can be seen really on many of the street corners here and plastered onto the sides of buses. The government's campaign urging people to vote no and warning that migrants bring terrorism and steal people's jobs.
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There were also leaflets that were sent to people's homes, warning that immigration has created no-go areas in London, Brussels, and Berlin. The prime minister, Viktor Orban, has led an incredibly fiery campaign. He has said that he doesn't want Muslims ruining the country's Christian identity and culture. And with polls predicting an 80% no, the result really isn't in much doubt.
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What is in doubt is voter turnout. And he'll be hoping that at least half of the country turn up in order to make any result valid. In the last year, the government has built a razor wire fence across the border, and for the most part, it's worked. There are barely any migrants and refugees wishing to claim asylum here or passing through the country, compared to this time last year.
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And despite this, he has still continued to push ahead with this referendum. Many here say it's in order to boost his domestic popularity and to also send a message to Brussels to stick to trade deals. Anti-immigrant parties are on the march across the continent. And yet, the numbers continue to rise.
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It's possible if Hungarians do vote to reject migrant quotas, other European nations will follow suit and the EU will have to rethink its migrant plan.