Hungary sends buses to transport refugees to Austrian border

Hungarian Government has announced that it will provide buses for refugees en route to Austrian border

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Migrants walk to a bus for Austria and Germany, next to the Keleti train station in Budapest, Hungary.

Hungarian Government has announced it will send buses to transport thousands of refugees to the Austrian border. Including hundreds who opposed attempts to register them in Budapest, and had began walking to the border.

The Austrian chancellor, Werner Faymann, said that they decided to let the refugees enter, and that thousands of refugees had reached Austria early on Saturday morning by buses.

Social media and news channels showed the footage of people who were met by Austrian authorities.

On Friday, September 4, approximately 1,200 refugees started a 106-mile journey to the Austrian border.

European Union states are struggling to deal with the increasing number of refugees.

The decision to send buses was announced on Friday, by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Chief of Staff, Janos Lazar.

Lazar has offered buses to those who were walking on the motorway to Vienna and the ones still waiting at the train station.

Refugees were traveling on foot and camped outside Keleti station in Budapest. A group of refugees escaped via railroad tracks while police was stopping the train.

“I will learn German and then I can go back to college and finish training as a dentist,” said 20-year-old Sara Mardini, grinning widely . “I thought it was a joke when they woke me up to tell me there were buses.”

While they were boarding the buses, many of the refugees smiled and said goodbye to the Hungarian volunteers, who had given them food and water.

“Because of today’s emergency situation on the Hungarian border, Austria and Germany agree in this case to a continuation of the refugees’ journey into their countries,” wrote Faymann in a Facebook post.

He added, Hungry must still meet its obligation and accept the return of the people who sought asylum there before crossing into another country.  But also stated that Austria will take the greater share of the burden of accommodating refugees.

A record 104,460 refugees entered Germany in August, and country expects 800,000 more refugees this year.

Many people had been camped in front of the central railway station before trains heading to Austria and Germany were canceled by authorities, after today's news Keleti station quickly emptied out as refugees left for the Austrian border.

The Keleti subway station is seen after refugees left for buses.




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