The country has sealed the last gaps in its new 175-kilometer, 3.5-meter tall fence which runs the length of the border with Serbia. The measures include heavy police and army patrols, and judges delegated to special asylum processing centers to quickly determine whether or not applicants have a legitimate claim to be refugees.The problem for the would-be refugees is that Hungary has declared Serbia to be a safe country — to Serbia’s fury — which means that asylum seekers have no right to continue on to other countries looking for shelter.“This is almost like Syria. It’s like a jail and there is the door,” said 31-year-old Mohammad Yussuf, pointing to the fence.Yussuf, along with his Syrian family of seven from Aleppo, traveled via Turkey through Greece, Macedonia and had now reached the no-man’s-land between Serbia and Hungary.“We are waiting for Madame Merkel to help us,” he continued, referring to the German chancellor. “She has a wide heart. My wife is pregnant and she needs food. What are we doing here?”Asylum seekers wait by Hungary’s fence on the Serbian side, for a chance to enter Schengen | ARMEND NIMANI/AFP/Getty “After a 20-minute interview they said: go back, back,” he said. ”But we want go to Hungary or Austria. We are not going back to Bangladesh or Serbia.”By noon, Hungarian officials said that they had denied 16 asylum requests and were processing 32 more. A security adviser to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said 174 people had been arrested for trying to sneak across the border.“We are lawless,” said Mohammed from Damascus shortly before the mass protest at the border started and refugees threw bread and water bottles to the ground in an apparent hunger strike, protesting not being able to enter Hungary and move on to destinations like Germany and Sweden.Mansour Nazir Mohammed, a former athlete runner, and Gazi el-Fahdi, both from Aleppo, Syria, met in Istanbul, Turkey. They quickly became friends and have been traveling together since. With Gazi el-Fahdi in the wheelbarrow. Tuesday, September 14, they arrived at the sealed off northern border between Serbia and Hungary. Gazi el-Fahdi was wounded an during an rocket attack in the Syrian civil war and injured his leg. Photo by Jorgen Samson. “We have no country, we want to go to Germany or any country. Where do we go now, where do we go now?” he asked.Thousands more refugees streamed on foot all day towards Hungary, most of them using a path along the railroad tracks connecting the villages of Horgos in Serbia and Röszke in Hungary. A train wagon covered in razor wire blocked the way into Hungary, diverting the refugees to the road and the official border crossing. Along a stretch of the border fence sleeping bags and blankets were hanging on the wire, showing where migrants had tried to scramble past the fence the night before. The frustration at being stranded quickly boiled over. Near a smaller border crossing in Horgos, a police helicopter circled overhead while several hundred refugees pleaded with the Hungarian authorities to open up the metal gates. ”Open, open, open,” they yelled.The crowd was told in Arabic to go to the main border crossing a kilometer away.Meanwhile, just 30 meters down the road, a family from Daraa in Syria were sitting outside a tent with their four-day-old baby, born in a hospital in Athens. Milk for the baby, provided by volunteers, had been spilled on the ground.Their options were rapidly shrinking. Hungary has announced that it will extend the border fence eastwards towards Romania, cutting off yet more potential access points into the Schengen Zone. Also On POLITICO Opinion The Hungary games By Kim Lane Scheppele A white T-shirt bearing the handwritten sign ”Shame on Europe” was hung on the barbed-wire curling along the top of the brown wooden fence barring entry to Hungary for the many refugees from war-torn Syria and other countries to the border-free European Schengen zone. Confronted with Europe’s worst migration crisis since World War II, Germany and Austria — along with other EU countries — have been forced to impose emergency controls by their borders to deal with the mass movement of people.Hungary has taken some of the harshest measures to choke off one of the main transit routes from the Middle East.Hundreds of police officers stood on the Hungarian side of the border. At one end of the fence, blue and white containers housed a processing facility where Hungarian judges were assigned to swiftly deal with asylum requests. The refugees lined up in front of two doors in the fence, waiting.Six men from Bangladesh and Pakistan were the first to present their asylum requests.“Their cases were a test, a pilot,” said Niklas Stroerup Agerup, a Danish Field Protection Officer with UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR. “They were rejected and told that Serbia is a safe country so that’s where they need to have their case processed.”One of the men, Siraz Molodarmo, from Kulna in Bangladesh was heartbroken after the decision. RÖSZKE, Hungary — Hungary slammed shut its frontier with Serbia on Tuesday, leaving thousands of angry migrants trapped on the wrong side of a new border fence as Budapest closed a route that has seen more than 200,000 people pass through in their hunt for a better and safer life in the EU.The chaotic scene brought the latest haunting image of the EU’s migration crisis: Hundreds of refugees in front of the border crossing on the main highway, whistling and slamming together empty water bottles while chanting: “No food, no water. Open up this border.”Hungary declared a state of emergency in two frontier regions Tuesday, the same day that tough new laws came into effect to regulate border crossings, and to prosecute people who try to cross illegally.