German police sent to Serbia-Hungary border to stem Kosovo exodus

February 12, 2015 3:52 PM

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German police sent to Serbia-Hungary border to stem Kosovo exodus

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany said on Thursday it was sending 20 police officers to the border between Hungary and Serbia to help control a surge in the number of asylum seekers heading into the European Union and ultimately to Germany with its generous welfare benefits.

The EU has seen a sharp rise in the number of Kosovo citizens smuggling themselves into the bloc especially since a relaxation of travel rules allowing them to reach EU borders via Serbia. Some 10,000 Kosovars filed for asylum in Hungary in just one month this year, many fleeing from poverty and une...

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