Thousands of migrants stranded in Hungary for second day – USA TODAY
Migrants shout slogans in front of the Keleti Railway Station in Budapest, Hungary, on Sept. 2.(Photo: AP)
BERLIN — Thousands of migrants near Budapest’s main international train station were blocked from seeking asylum in Germany and other European nations for a second day Wednesday as authorities continue to look for answers to the growing crisis.
With an estimated 3,000 people already encamped near Keleti station, Hungary’s police said Wednesday they intend to reinforce their positions outside the terminal. Authorities also vowed to continue working with security services from Austria, Germany and Slovakia to search for migrants traveling illegally on Hungarian trains, the Associated Press reported.
“What we want? Peace! What we need? Peace!” a few hundred stranded migrants chanted outside Keleti station Wednesday, AP reported.
Hungary is a member of the European Union but many migrants prefer to try to make it to Germany, where asylum applications are more likely to be approved and where there is relatively generous support from the government. Sweden is also a favored destination.
Tens of thousands of migrants from Africa, the Middle East and Asia have risked life and limb this year to reach the EU by taking perilous trips over the so-called Balkan land route — a journey that involves crossing multiple borders, often beginning in Greece. The United Nations says more than 2,400 people have died already this year attempting to reach mainland Europe in boats that cross the Mediterranean Sea from Turkey and North Africa.
Migrants press on, hoping to find refuge anywhere in Europe
Wednesday’s sharp clampdown appeared to have an immediate effect in Germany, where police reported only 50 migrants arrived Wednesday on the morning trains to Munich. On Tuesday, about 2,400 arrived by the same route, the highest number ever recorded for the Bavaria region in a single day.
The German border town of Rosenheim, meanwhile, received no more than 70 migrants Wednesday, compared to 300 on Tuesday, police said.
Parliamentarians in Berlin are holding special crisis talks on what to do about the influx. Germany takes in about 40% of all asylum seekers in the EU, a number that authorities here say is unsustainable. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pushing for other EU-member states to increase their share of migrants.
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