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Hungary's migrant vote: only turnout in doubt

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>> The Serbian-Hungarian border, once a place migrants could easily walk across during their journey to Western Europe. Now they're greeted with a mass of barbed wire, police patrols, and heat sensors picking up their movements. The Hungarian police claim to have overpowered them. Rights group say this new Iron Curtain is a slap in the face for human rights.
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The unwelcome policy likely to continue with only weeks left before the country votes on whether Hungary should accept EU migrant quotas. Prime Minister Victor Orban who opposes immigration, warns that the current policies of Brussels will lead to a civilization catastrophe.>> We lose our European values and identity the way frogs are cooked in a slowly heating water.
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Quite simply, slowly there will be more and more Muslims and we will no longer recognize Europe.>> A poll by a government friendly think tank earlier this year said 79% of Hungarians supported the border fence. Orban has started fortifying it with a second barrier. His policies striking a cord with a nation weary of migrants.
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Opposition lawmakers charge that by keeping the issue of migration front and center, Orban is trying to divert attention from problems elsewhere, education, healthcare, and corruption. By law, turnout for the upcoming referendum must exceed 50%. While the outcome is almost certain, voter turnout is not.