- Title: EUROPE-MIGRANTS/HUNGARY ROSZKE MORNING Refugees continue long trek across Europe
- Date: 12th September 2015
- Summary: ROSZKE, HUNGARY (SEPTEMBER 12, 2015) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF REFUGEES WALKING ALONG VILLAGE STREET TENT WITH SIGN READING: WELCOME REFUGEES VARIOUS OF TENTS AND REFUGEES ARRIVING VARIOUS OF TENTS, GARBAGE, PEOPLE AND BUSES VARIOUS OF REFUGEES ARRIVING ON THE RAIL TRACKS REFUGEES BEING GIVEN WATER REFUGEES QUEUING FOR BUSES (SOUNDBITE) (English), KURDISH REFUGEE FROM IRAQ, FORMER PESHMERGA FIGHTER, OBEYED, SAYING FROM THE BUS WINDOW: "I grew up in Germany, the last three and half years I was a peshmerga fighter by the Kurdistan army and they attacked us also with chemicals, this is unbelievable, I say please help these families, there are many, many babies, many peoples, please do something Germany, please"/ BUS LEAVING
- Embargoed: 27th September 2015 13:00
- Location: Hungary
- Country: Hungary
- Topics: General
- Reuters ID: LVA58A8U9OO2BN6N30GTM8UOV6YB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Groups of refugees continued their long journey walking through the Roszke border area to waiting buses on Saturday (September 12) after Hungary's prime minister angrily accused illegal migrants on Friday of "rebelling" against the rule of law in his country and security forces across Europe struggled to control record flows of hungry, scared refugees.
The United Nations called for the swift creation of large-scale reception centres in frontline states such as Hungary and Greece, and one U.N. agency warned that millions more refugees could arrive in Europe if Syria's civil war continues to rage.
Many of the tens of thousands of refugees now trekking from Greece via the Balkans and Hungary towards western Europe are fleeing the Syrian war in search of sanctuary, above all in more welcoming and generous countries such as Germany and Sweden.
One refugee who had reached the Roszke area appealed to Germany to help those on the move.
"I grew up in Germany, the last three and half years I was a peshmerga fighter by the Kurdistan army and they attacked us also with chemicals, this is unbelievable, I say please help these families, there are many, many babies, many peoples, please do something Germany, please," Obeyed told Reuters TV from the window of the bus he was travelling on.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said his country, which expects to take in 800,000 asylum seekers this year alone, had finite resources and urged other European countries to do much more to share the burden.
He said Germany expected to receive another 40,000 migrants this weekend.
Citing security concerns, Austria partially shut a highway linking Vienna and Hungary on Friday (September 11). Some 8,000 people had crossed the border on Thursday (September 10) and a further 4,500 arrived overnight, Austrian police said. The rail link to Hungary also remains shut due to "massive overburdening" by the migrants.
Hungary is racing to construct a fence along its border with Serbia by early October to help stem the tide. It also plans to implement much tougher immigration rules from next week.
More than 170,000 migrants have crossed into Hungary from non-EU Serbia so far this year. Many try to avoid being registered in Hungary for fear of being stranded there or returned to the country later in their journey across Europe.
In Geneva, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said it was sending pre-fabricated housing units to provide temporary overnight shelter for 300 families in Hungary but also expressed concern over Budapest's tough approach, including the possible deployment of troops to tackle the crisis.
Syria's four-year civil war has so far displaced almost eight million people, UNICEF, the U.N. childrens' agency, said.
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