After a two day stand- off, Hungary have opened its doors to migrants, allowing hundreds of families to flood into the Hungarian capital of Budapest.
Hundreds of migrants have been stranded at Budapest’s Keleti station, forced to camp out since Tuesday and Wednesday of this week after many were prevented from boarding trains to Vienna and Germany and efforts to register migrants in Hungary were put on hold.
Trains destined for Munich were overloaded with migrants who were climbing through windows and cramming into carriages and consequently, international trains were suspended.
There have been reports of clashes between migrants and police amid growing frustration after many were prevented from continuing their journeys.
Hungarian police have also rescued migrants that were being smuggled in the backs of vans and attempting to move onto Germany.
Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who holds an anti-immigration stance has stated that once in Hungary, nobody will be allowed to continue on to Germany without first being registered. However the majority of migrants stuck in the capital do not want to remain in Hungary. He says that ‘’the migrants don’t wish to stay in Hungary, so our job is just to make sure that they are registered.’’ Mr Orban has also stated that ‘’Hungarians are full of fear’’ and that the EU leaders do not have control over the migrant crisis. Mr Orban also echoes the words of European Parliament President Martin Schulz in saying the situation is a ‘’German problem’’, and that it shouldn’t be down to Hungary to resolve the issue.
The cost of the migrant crisis gained even more publicity and worldwide attention as a shocking, but all too real photograph depicting the dead body of a Syrian boy washed up on the shore near the Turkish resort of Bodrum hit the headlines on Wednesday. The picture first published on the Independent news website has had a thumping impact and has sparked calls for the UK and other EU countries to step up their efforts to accommodate as many migrants as possible.
Many of the migrants are in fact refugees from the Middle East and war torn Syria, but many are economic migrants attempting to take advantage of the situation, entering into countries like Britain and Germany to make use of the benefit systems and healthcare services. This is perhaps why thus far, the UK Prime Minister David Cameron has only allowed two hundred people to gain refuge in the UK.
Budapest has become the most recent city to be at the helm of Europe’s migrant crisis as the situation continues to escalate. ‘’The city of Budapest has no legal obligation to do anything on the migrant issue,” says the Mayor of Budapest, Istvan Tarlos. “We in all good conscience are trying to do something, most of all with the aim of protecting the dwellers of Budapest and to ease the burden weighing on the city.”