The government has said that more than 1,500 illegal migrants are trying to enter the country each day. Since the Hungarians began building the fence on June 17 they estimate over 50,000 migrants have crossed into the country.
The razor wire structure, built by local prisoners, has already cost an estimated £70m. Prime Minister Victor Oban said that the barrier is an attempt to protect both the Hungarian and European identity.
Migrants are now reportedly racing across the Balkans in an attempt to enter the country before the structure is fully in place. The barrier was originally planned for completion by November, but increasing numbers of migrants have pushed forward the deadline to the end of August – which means Hungarians will have to build 6km of fencing a day.