Migrant crisis: Activist convoy drives to Hungary
6 September 2015
From the section Europe
A convoy of cars driven by German and Austrian activists has crossed into Hungary to pick up migrants and help them reach western Europe.Thousands – many of whom initially fled conflict in Syria – have made their way through Austria since Hungary removed restrictions on transit on Friday.Buses and special trains have been taking them from the Hungarian border to Vienna and on to Germany.The Pope said every Catholic parish in Europe should host a migrant family. Speaking during the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis appealed for “every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary in Europe” to take in a family.
The convoy taking migrants from Hungary to Austria is a private initiative
As they prepared to set off from Vienna, the activists highlighted their message to the migrants
On Sunday a convoy of about 140 cars left Vienna for the Hungarian capital, Budapest, as part of a private initiative dubbed “refugeeconvoy”One of the Austrian activists taking part, Angelika Neuwirth, told the BBC that their aim was to take them back to shelters in Austrian capital.”I think this is my duty. I’m a mum, I’m a woman from Austria and I can’t close my eyes anymore,” she said. “We are all human. No-one is illegal.” In other developments:114 migrants have been rescued from a fishing boat off Cyprus – Syrians bound for Greece
UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said Britain “needs to do even more” to help Syrian refugees
The German cabinet is due to meet to discuss the migrant crisis
A key stage in the current crisis was reached on Saturday, when up to 10,000 migrants travelled by bus, train and on foot, to the Austrian border before moving on to Vienna, Munich and other German cities.After days of confrontation and chaos, Hungary opened its borders with Austria and bussed thousands of migrants to the frontier. Many, frustrated at being prevented from boarding trains in Budapest, had begun to walk along a motorway towards Austria. What can the EU do?
What is the UK doing to help?
BBC reporters on TwitterThe first arrivals in Munich were greeted with applause, and children were handed sweets. Since Saturday morning, 8,000 migrants have arrived at Munich station. Many of the migrants had …Read More