Migrant crisis: Hungary migrants start walk to border

4 September 2015

From the section Europe

Hundreds of migrants stuck at a Budapest railway station for days have set off on foot, saying they intend to walk to Austria.Hungarian authorities are trying to contain thousands of people desperate to reach western Europe.Meanwhile European Union states are struggling to agree a common strategy to deal with the crisis.The head of the UN refugee agency said EU nations must mobilise “full force” and accept up to 200,000 refugees.

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Hundreds of migrants walked along the motorway heading out of Budapest to the west

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The chaotic scenes in Hungary – a main transit country for migrants seeking to claim asylum in Germany and other countries in north and west Europe – have continued for another day:

Migrants who had been waiting days at Budapest’s Keleti station have left and plan to walk to Vienna, in the absence of trains, a journey of 240km (150 miles)
A stand-off between police and passengers on a train held at Bicske station continues, as the people on board are refusing to go to a transit camp to be processed. Riot police have been seen entering the station, and there are reports that a large group of migrants have escaped from the train
Hundreds of people have broken out of a refugee camp at Roszke near the Serbian border and are being pursued by police; thousands more still inside are threatening to break out too
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Large crowds of people could be seen walking through Budapest

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It is unclear how many people are attempting to reach Vienna on foot

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This group of migrants waved an EU flag as they crossed the Budapest city limits

Antonio Guterres, head of the UN refugee agency, the UNHCR, said the crisis was a defining moment for Europe.In a statement, he said Europe needed to build “adequate reception capacities”, especially in Greece, replacing a “piecemeal” approach with a “common strategy”. In other developments:The UK government – under pressure over its response to the crisis – has agreed to provide settlement for “thousands more” Syrian refugees and an extra £100m in aid for Syrians in the Middle East
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