Britain to accept up to 20,000 Syrian refugees, Prime Minister says
Migrants tussle with police at Hungarian holding point
“Why are they treating us like this?” refugees ask
The question on all their lips: “Why are they treating us like this?”
At times, the migrants — most of them from Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan — tussled with police blocking a road from this holding site to a transit camp near Roszke, Hungary, where they can register as refugees and continue their journeys.
Buses were carrying small numbers of migrants to the camp, but many have been forced to wait at the holding site for as many as three days with little in the way of services or support.
One Hungarian nonprofit was on site handing out biscuits, fruit and water, and a medical tent was erected Monday.
Meanwhile, Austria and Germany warned they can’t keep up with the influx of refugees and said they must begin to slow the pace.
More than 16,000 migrants have streamed into Austria since Saturday, Burgenland state police spokesman Wolfgang Bachkoenig said Monday. Virtually all continued to Germany, where the city of Munich had received more than 17,500 people, police said.
“We must now, step by step, go from emergency measures to a normality that is humane and complies with the law,” Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann said.
The United Nations’ refugee agency, UNHCR, estimates that more than 366,000 refugees and migrants have crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Europe this year.
At least 2,800 have died or disappeared during the journey. Those who make the crossing face uncertain futures in European nations, which differ in their approach to asylum seekers.
On Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her country would pledge an additional 3 billion euros to the migrant crisis. She said Germany “is of course willing to accept more refugees,” but called on other European countries to take in more.
Moments after Merkel spoke, French President Francois Hollande said France is ready to take on more responsibility.
He said the European Commission will propose distributing 120,000 refugees over the next two years, of whom France would take in 24,000.
“We will do so because it is the principle to which France is committed,” Hollande said.
And Britain will take up to 20,000 Syrian refugees over the course of the current Parliament, Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday.
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