10,000 refugees arrive in Austria

Austria receives thousands of refugees as situation is getting worse in Europe

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Refugees crowd at the Hungarian-Austrian border in Szentgotthard, Hungary, as thousands of migrants wait for their departure to Germany on September 19, 2015.

Tens of thousands of refugees arrived in Austria on Saturday, as the European countries are trying to find a solution for the growing refugee crisis in the continent.

Croatia declared it would welcome refugees as a transit country on Wednesday. Following the announcement 20,000 refugees crossed into the country.

About 4,400 of them are clustered at the Hungarian border, having passed through Croatia within the last 24 hours.

Hungary blamed Croatia for failing register the refugees, adding that tackling with 20,000 refugees is too hard for the country.

Following the remonstrance, Hungary bussed them to Austria without registering them.   

Prime Minister, Zoran Milanovic said there was no agreement in place with Hungary, adding that "we forced them to act, by sending people up there. And we'll keep doing it."

Hungarian Foreign Minister, Peter Szijjarto described Milanovic’s  words as “pathetic.”   

"Instead of honestly making provision for the immigrants, it sent them straight to Hungary. What kind of European solidarity is this?"  Szijarto added.

Austrian Interior Minister, Johanna Mikl-Leitner expressed concern over the neighbouring countries’ approach to the issue, saying that they are failing to follow EU rules.  

According to the Austrian police, during the night 5,000 refugees arrived at Heiligenkreuz, while 4,000 others arrived at the city of Graz.

According to the BBC, a refugee who arrived in Austria from Hungary said that  "I feel like I've been born anew. It makes no difference whether I am delayed, whether I stay here two days. The important thing is that I've finally arrived and that I am now finally safe."

Following the latest development, Hungary sped up the construction of the razor-wire fence on its border to stop refugee influx into the country.

Hungary said 41-kilometre (25-mile) of the wire barrier was completed along the border of its frontier with Croatia.

"It was finished overnight Friday," defence spokesman, Zoltan Kovacs told the media outlets in Budapest.

The country also announced that it will take the same measure on its Serbian border.

TRTWorld and agencies