Thousands of immigrants seeking asylum in Western Europe crossed the border from Hungary to Austria on foot after rail traffic was sharply reduced due to overcrowding, despite authorities’ attempts to relieve the crowding at the Nickelsdorf crossing, press reported on Friday.
People of all ages began their march to Vienna, however it ended very quickly since Austrian police and emergency crews persuaded migrants there would be enough buses eventually.
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But the Austrian capital is only a transit point for many of the refugees with most seeing Germany as their final destination. In Munich, authorities said more than 40,000 people have arrived over the past six days.
Authorities said refugees also continued to enter from Serbia into Hungary, the last stop before reaching Western Europe, walking along railway tracks. Meanwhile, prisoners are hurrying to construct a massive fence along the border, aimed at blocking refugees from entering the country.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced this week a plans to manage Europe's worst refugee crisis since World War II, urging the European Union member states to take "bold action" to tackle the problem.
The initial plan is to distribute hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers among EU nations, with binding quotas. The U.N. estimates that since the beginning of the year nearly 300,000 people have left the Middle East and Africa seeking a better life in Europe.