Hungary sent migrants by special trains direct to the Austrian border on Monday, trying to offload record numbers streaming into the country before a crackdown by the right-wing government.

Hungary is threatening to arrest and jail anyone caught trying to cross undetected its southern border from Serbia as of Tuesday, and to hold or expel asylum seekers under new rules adopted to stem the flow through the Balkans to western Europe.

By noon (1000 GMT) on Monday, police said 5,353 migrants, many of them Syrian refugees, had been recorded entering from Serbia, which is outside the European Union. More than 5,800 crossed on Sunday, the most in a single day this year.

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