10,000 migrants have reached the German city of Munich amidst applause and plenty of good will from the German locals.
As the migrants stepped off the trains at the main station in Munich, they were greeted by the smiling faces of the locals, many of whom were carrying aid such as food and drink, toys and clothes for the migrant families.
The refugees stepped into Munich for the first time after enduring an arduous journey, not only from Syria and other home countries into Europe, but also from Austria and Hungary into Germany. Thousands had been stranded in Hungary for days to be registered before being given the go ahead to board trains and buses to Austria and onto Germany. Hundreds of migrants also walked the 110 miles from Hungary to Vienna. They were met by cars and vans filled with food, water, clothes and toys.
Banners were held reading “Willkommen in Deutschland (welcome to Germany)” and Arabic speakers lined the streets, dancing in an attempt to raise spirits and give those coming from Syria some much needed support. This welcoming reception is a far cry from the rioting and anti-migrant demonstrations experienced in some regions of Germany over recent months.
From the railway station, the migrants were taken away in their droves to their accommodation and emergency shelters, many which are in Munich and elsewhere in the German state of Bavaria.
The majority of the migrants have reached their final destination, however many plan on going elsewhere in Europe. Soran, an Iraqi Kurd who was fleeing the threat from ISIS wants to continue his journey to Britain to be with the rest of his family. “I want to become a British citizen, and just not think about the past,” he said.
This feel-good story is a welcome relief after hearing about the suffering and plight of thousands of migrants over past few weeks.
Mayor of Munich Dieter Reiter has stated that he will continue to ask “How can we best accommodate these people, these refugees who are coming, how can we give them the feeling that they are safe here in Munich?”
For those refugees yet to arrive, it is hoped that the shouts and chants of “say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here” will ring on, not only in Germany but the rest of Europe.