Migration crisis hits Budapest and Vienna
Chaos and confusion have hit Budapest and Vienna train stations as migrants trying to reach Germany are barred from Hungarian trains. Hundreds have made it to Germany despite the obstacles. Read the latest here.
13:45 Germany’s southern state of Bavaria has pleaded for more support from the rest of the country and the EU as hundreds of people seeking asylum continue to arrive. “Bavaria cannot handle this all by itself any more,” the state’s social affairs minister Emilia Müller said. “The number of arrivals of asylum seekers is exploding,” she said, adding that about 1,000 refugees were in the Austrian city of Salzburg seeking to travel on to Germany, as well as 5,000 in Hungary.
12:20 People in Munich have been heading to the city’s main train station equipped with donations for the arriving refugees.
11:40 Bavaria has opened Germany’s first reception center for asylum seekers hailing from Balkan countries. The center near Ingolstadt, located in a former barracks, is intended to house 500 people at a time while their applications for asylum are processed. The vast majority of applications from citizens of Balkan countries are denied because Germany’s government has deemed them “safe” countries of origin.
11:23 Federal police in Germany announce that they have registered a record 2,200 asylum seekers along the border with Austria in the past 24 hours, the highest number seen by any of the country’s federal police districts since the start of the crisis.
10:34 Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban will meet with European leaders in Brussels on Thursday to discuss the crisis, according to government’s website.
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Source News: DW