Migrant crisis: Trek through Austria to Germany resumes
6 September 2015
From the section Europe
Hundreds of migrants have resumed their journey through Austria to Germany after Hungary’s decision on Friday to let them through. Throughout Saturday, by bus, train and on foot, migrants, many of them Syrians, travelled to the Austrian border before moving on to Vienna, Munich and other German cities.There was rejoicing and a warm welcome in Munich as the first arrived there.More migrants are now travelling from the Austrian border to Vienna.Two trains carrying 450 have left Nickelsdorf bound for the Austrian capital, police say.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, hundreds more have been arriving at Munich station, many changing trains to be taken on to other German cities for processing. Austria and Germany are providing more trains to deal with the influx. 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 last week. What is the UK doing to help?What can the EU do?
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Up to 10,000 crossed the Austrian border over a 24- to 48-hour period, according to the Austrian authorities, who have said they do not plan to limit the numbers entering. Around 1,000 spent Saturday night in the open at Nickelsdorf waiting to be processed, officials say.The first arrivals in Munich were greeted with applause. Children among the new arrivals were handed sweets. Some 7,000 migrants arrived at Munich station on Saturday, police say. Many of the migrants had travelled north through the Balkans – Greece, Macedonia and Serbia – before arriving at Hungary’s southern border.
Near the Austrian border, migrants boarded buses on Sunday morning to take them to Nickelsdorf station
Three-thousand arrived in Presevo on the Serbian side of the frontier with Macedonia on Saturday, most spending the night in tents or in the open, reports say.Just inside Hungary, between 200 and 300 migrants broke out of a processing centre in Roszke, demanding to be allowed to proceed to Germany, Hungarian media reports. ‘Still valid’Both Germany and Hungary have said the current measures are aimed at averting a humanitarian crisis, and will not set a precedent.The rules requiring refugees to apply for asylum in the first country they land in ” …Read More