A bus carrying fifty migrants arrived at the austrian border on Saturday morning, the first of a hundred buses chartered by the republic of Hungary to drive thousands of migrants in Austria, which has agreed with Germany, to receive, has announced the chancellery in Vienna.
This decision, motivated by “the present emergency to the Hungarian border”, was announced to the Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban by the austrian chancellor Werner Faymann, “in consultation” with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has said the federal chancellery of the austrian press agency APA.
A hundred buses have been chartered early Saturday by the Hungarian government, to support the migrants massed in the main railway station of the Hungarian capital, as well as some 1,200 migrants who had begun to win over Austria on foot from Budapest, in a scene from the exodus novel that illustrates the migration crisis facing Europe.
The first bus arrived early Saturday morning at the border station Hegyeshalom-Nickelsdorf, on the austrian border, according to the agency official Hungarian MTI. He had taken a fifty-migrant parties to walk on the highway connecting the capital city of hungary to Austria.
Other vehicles are gone from the railway station, Budapest-Keleti in the night from Friday to Saturday, carrying candidates for a new life that is waiting for a train to Austria and Germany. But the departures of the trains had been blocked by the authorities.
“The Hungarian government puts at your disposal a free bus to take you to the last town before the border. You are not obliged to take them”, shouted a man in a megaphone in Arabic on Friday night in the “transit zone”, located under the station, where a camp of migrants from Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and 50 other countries.
Mohammed, 26 years old, a native of Damascus, has hastened to collect his goods: two t-shirts, a book, a pair of sneakers, and his phone. “I had more business, but the smuggler in Turkey told me to leave them on the side,” he explained.
Aboard the bus, many have slept lying on the floor, exhausted, found an AFP journalist on board. “It was impossible to get to sleep at Keleti,” according to Houman, another passenger, 65-year-old.
Some watched, fearing that he would be transferred to a camp in Hungarian, but the anxiety decreased as the vehicle progressed towards the west.
To 2000 miles away, in the syrian city of Kobané (north), a few dozens of people in tears, attended Friday at the burial of Aylan Kurdi, this three year old boy drowned to death as he was attempting with his family to rally the Greek island of Kos, and the photo of the body stranded on a beach of turkey has sent a shock wave throughout the world.
In Hungary, where there are more than 50,000 migrants for the single month of August – arrivals unprecedented by their scale -, a Pakistani 51-year-old died in the late afternoon, in circumstances not yet clarified, when 350 migrants escaped from a train since Thursday to Bicske, near Budapest, where the authorities wanted to transfer them to a camp.
Crutches and wheelchair
A procession of joyful and determined of some 1,200 migrants, according to an assessment of the police, including people in wheelchairs or using crutches, was set in motion Friday noon to the austrian border, located approximately 175 kilometers from the capital city, Budapest.
300 migrants were also briefly escaped Friday from a camp for first home situated close to the Serbian border to Röszke, pushing Budapest to close temporarily and partially the post-border motorway.
In this context, the Hungarian Parliament approved emergency to a tightening of immigration legislation. The texts reinforce the possibilities of deployment of the army to the border and make illegal immigration punishable by three years in prison.
Is against West
Hungary expressed very critical views of Germany, which has decided not to refer the syrian refugees to their country of entry into Europe, creating a call of air.
The Europeans are under pressure to show solidarity after more than 300,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean since the beginning of the year, and more than 2,600 have died making the journey.
The divergences within the Union, “between the East and the West,” according to the president of the european Council Donald Tusk, reveal a continent torn between the firmness in the face of the massive influx of displaced people at its external borders, and calls for solidarity.
The High commissioner of the UN for refugees (UNHCR), Antonio Guterres, has called Friday to the distribution of at least 200 000 asylum seekers in the european Union. The day before, the european Commission proposed to the member States of the EU to divide the home to 120,000 refugees.
Germany, who will receive a record number of 800 000 asylum applications this year, and France openly advocate for a system of distribution, european, chancellor Merkel, pointing to “binding quotas”.
At the same time, in Madrid and Barcelona (Spain), hundreds of people demonstrated on Friday night to ask that migrants are more helped.