Drone Footage Shows Massive New Border Fence Between Hungary and Serbia

By Annalee Newitz on at

Hungarian police are erecting a 175-kilometre-long razor wire fence along the border between Hungary and Serbia. This depressing video from Drone Media Studio shows how the beautiful countryside is being destroyed, literally and figuratively, by anti-immigration policies.

In several aerial shots, the videographers show us where Serbia (Szerbia) and Hungary (Magyarország) meet, and these moments highlight how arbitrary this boundary really is. All we see are swathes of green farmland, which just happen to have been divided up by governments eager to prevent people from moving from one place to another. The fence itself is on what was once a peaceful dirt road between fields. Now it will be a hellish nest of razor wire and police vehicles.

Why are they doing this? As the Globe and Mail points out, it’s not actually aimed at Serbian immigrants. “Hungary has become one of the main crossing points ... for refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, who arrive to Europe via Greece and travel through Serbia and Hungary on their way to countries in northern Europe like Germany and Sweden.” Preventing these refugees from fleeing war and repressive regimes makes this move by the Hungarian government even more disturbing. [via Drone Media Studio]