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Austria: Volunteers greet hundreds of refugees at Vienna's Westbanhof station00:43

Austria: Volunteers greet hundreds of refugees at Vienna's Westbanhof station

Austria, Vienna
September 5, 2015 at 11:34 GMT +00:00 · Published

Refugees began arriving at Vienna's Westbahnhof train station on Saturday morning, following a gruelling journey from Budapest. Volunteer groups were waiting at the station to hand out donations of food, drinks and essentials, which have been donated by local Viennese.

Thousands of refugees set off on foot from Budapest on Friday evening, after being refused access to westbound Hungarian trains. The group walked for hours before a convoy of buses, sent by the Hungarian government, took the refugees to the Austrian border.

Hungarian authorities had taken radical measures in early September to deal with the unprecedented numbers of people crossing their borders. Firstly, they closed the main station, shutting off access to trains leading to Austria, Germany and other European destinations. This led to a temporary encampment being set up around Keleti station, housing around 3,000 refugees. When the station re-opened, many boarded trains that were destined for processing and detention camps, not other countries as they thought.

Both Austria and Germany have agreed to accept the refugees coming from Hungary. "In light of the emergency situation on the Hungarian border today, and in this case, Austria and Germany have approved the continuation of the refugees' journey into their countries," Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann said on Facebook earlier on Saturday morning.

Austria: Volunteers greet hundreds of refugees at Vienna's Westbanhof station00:43
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Refugees began arriving at Vienna's Westbahnhof train station on Saturday morning, following a gruelling journey from Budapest. Volunteer groups were waiting at the station to hand out donations of food, drinks and essentials, which have been donated by local Viennese.

Thousands of refugees set off on foot from Budapest on Friday evening, after being refused access to westbound Hungarian trains. The group walked for hours before a convoy of buses, sent by the Hungarian government, took the refugees to the Austrian border.

Hungarian authorities had taken radical measures in early September to deal with the unprecedented numbers of people crossing their borders. Firstly, they closed the main station, shutting off access to trains leading to Austria, Germany and other European destinations. This led to a temporary encampment being set up around Keleti station, housing around 3,000 refugees. When the station re-opened, many boarded trains that were destined for processing and detention camps, not other countries as they thought.

Both Austria and Germany have agreed to accept the refugees coming from Hungary. "In light of the emergency situation on the Hungarian border today, and in this case, Austria and Germany have approved the continuation of the refugees' journey into their countries," Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann said on Facebook earlier on Saturday morning.