A child holds up a sign as migrants stage a protest in a stadium as they wait to walkdown a highway towards Turkey’s western border with Greece and Bulgaria, in Edirne, Turkey, Sept. 21, 2015. (AP/Emrah Gurel)
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EU interior ministers will hold an emergency meeting Tuesday in hopes of bridging a deep rift over Europe's worst migrant crisis since World War II, a day after Hungary gave its army drastic new powers to protect its borders.Hundreds of thousands of people have already made it into western Europe this year, heaping pressure on countries along the migrant trail, some of whom have closed their borders, while others have sought to divert the flow elsewhere.After sealing off its southern border with Serbia last week and passing a series of tough new anti-migrant laws, Hungary on Monday approved further legislation allowing the army to participate in border control. Last week, other legislation came into force allowing Hungary to jail anyone caught crossing the border illegally, which carries a maximum fine of five years in prison.Sources in Brussels said EU ministers were considering a watered-down plan to relocate migrants and refugees, which would drop binding quotas and leave recalcitrant Hungary out of the scheme altogether.
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