Hungary Train Station Is Gripped by Chaos as Migrants Remain Stranded – New York Times
LONDON — About 2,000 migrants remained stranded near the Keleti train station in central Budapest on Wednesday, and hundreds of passengers were delayed overnight on five Eurostar trains after migrants blocked tracks near the French port of Calais, as Europe continued to grapple with a surge of desperate migrants.
In southern Europe, at least 11 migrants drowned when two boats sank after leaving southwest Turkey for the Greek island of Kos, Reuters reported, citing the Turkish news agency Dogan.
The developments served as a reminder that while much of the focus of Europe’s humanitarian crisis in recent days has been on the influx to Hungary, Austria and Germany, countries across the Continent are still struggling to deal with the increasing numbers.
Tens of thousands of migrants, buffeted by conflicts in the Middle East and Africa, have been seeking refuge in Europe, only to find themselves confronted with a patchwork of incoherent asylum policies across the 28-member bloc. At the same time, anti-immigrant sentiment, stoked by far-right political parties, is fostering a backlash in some countries, including in Britain, France and Hungary, where those parties have influenced the political agenda.
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In Brussels, a senior European Union official said on Wednesday that the bloc would propose measures to set up screening centers for migrants and asylum seekers in Italy, Greece and possibly Hungary, and to distribute those deemed to be refugees among European states.
The Keleti station has become a focal point in the crisis, and on Wednesday it was still cordoned off to prevent migrants from entering. About 100 migrants erupted in protest early Wednesday at the restrictions preventing them from reaching Germany, a favored destination.
The demonstrators chanted “Go! Go! Go! Germany! Germany! We want freedom!” The riot police were put on standby, and uniformed police officers were seen rounding up migrants and asking for their documents at cafes and shops around the station.
Ahmad Saadoun, 27, from Falluja, Iraq, said he had been beaten at a camp elsewhere in Hungary after he initially refused to be fingerprinted.
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