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Austria: Refugees stranded in Vienna after Germany-bound trains halted01:09

Austria: Refugees stranded in Vienna after Germany-bound trains halted

Austria, Vienna
September 14, 2015 at 09:00 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of refugees were left stranded at Vienna's Westbahnhof station on Monday, after the Austrian Federal Railways (OeBB) temporarily suspended train services to Germany at the request of Germany's rail service.

Police were seen patrolling the platforms as volunteers handed out food and water to those in need. Train services to Germany were suspended after the country decided to re-impose border controls with Austria on Sunday. Some 50,000 migrants and refugees arrived in Germany after it opened its borders one week ago.

German authorities have now deployed around 2,100 police officers along the southern frontier with Austria. The Interior Minister of Bavaria Joachim Herrmann announced that the controls were temporary and would last several weeks.

Authorities estimate that up to 800,000 people could apply for asylum in Germany by the end of 2015. Today, the European Ministers of the Interior will hold an emergency meeting on the refugee crisis in Brussels.

Austria: Refugees stranded in Vienna after Germany-bound trains halted01:09
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Hundreds of refugees were left stranded at Vienna's Westbahnhof station on Monday, after the Austrian Federal Railways (OeBB) temporarily suspended train services to Germany at the request of Germany's rail service.

Police were seen patrolling the platforms as volunteers handed out food and water to those in need. Train services to Germany were suspended after the country decided to re-impose border controls with Austria on Sunday. Some 50,000 migrants and refugees arrived in Germany after it opened its borders one week ago.

German authorities have now deployed around 2,100 police officers along the southern frontier with Austria. The Interior Minister of Bavaria Joachim Herrmann announced that the controls were temporary and would last several weeks.

Authorities estimate that up to 800,000 people could apply for asylum in Germany by the end of 2015. Today, the European Ministers of the Interior will hold an emergency meeting on the refugee crisis in Brussels.

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