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Migrants sat in a bus due to leave for Austria and Germany at the Keleti train station in Budapest, Hungary.

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Sept. 4, 2015 10:38 p.m. ET

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Several hundred migrants, desperate to leave Hungary for Western Europe, boarded buses provided by the government in the early hours of Saturday to go to Austria and Germany. Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann said on his Facebook page early Saturday that his nation and Germany had agreed to allow the migrants to enter their territories, in light of the crisis at the border. Hungarian authorities have struggled in recent days to contain increasingly agitated crowds at a major train station in the capital and at several refugee camps in the countryside, as a rising influx of people have sought refuge from war-torn areas of North Africa and the Middle East.

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“Are you sure the buses (go to) no camp? Are you sure?” asked one migrant, who was echoed by several others at Budapest’s Keleti train station, the scene of rallies by migrants for several days this week after authorities closed the station to them. “I can’t believe them, I want to stay here,” said a social-science student from Afghanistan, who identified himself as Arash, referring to the Hungarian government. He said he felt tricked Friday when authorities opened up the station and allowed migrants to board trains, only to send them to a refugee camp and not—as they had hoped—to Germany. A government spokesman said it had been announced that the train wasn’t destined for Western Europe.

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Migrants boarded buses said to be bound for Austria outside Keleti station in central Budapest late Friday.

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Hungary agreed to provide the bus transport after a wave of hundreds of migrants, frustrated after days spent stranded and under police watch in and around Budapest, defiantly set out for the Austrian boarder on foot Friday. Buses filled four …Read More