- Title: EUROPE-MIGRANTS/VIENNA WELCOME Austrians welcome migrants arriving from Budapest
- Date: 6th September 2015
- Summary: VIENNA, AUSTRIA (SEPTEMBER 6, 2015) (REUTERS) PEOPLE CHEERING AS TRAIN FROM BUDAPEST ARRIVES PEOPLE CLAPPING MIGRANTS PASSING APPLAUDING PEOPLE WHILE CHANGING TRAINS FROM BUDAPEST FOR TRAIN BOUND FOR MUNICH PEOPLE CHEERING MIGRANTS PASSING CAMERA WOMAN OFFERING FRUIT MIGRANTS TAKING BOXES WITH LUNCH FROM VOLUNTEERS POLICE HELPS WOMAN WITH CHILD PEOPLE OFFERING MIGRANTS THEIR HOME MADE SWEETS / LITTLE GIRL WITH SWEETS (SOUNDBITE) (German) REFUGEE RIALD FROM SYRIA, SAYING: "Many thanks for the Austrian help to people from Syria. Many thanks." CARITAS & DU (CHARITY AND YOU) THANKING FOR PEOPLES HELP AND DONATIONS CARITAS & DU VOLUNTEERS COLLECTING MONEY IN STATION POSTER SAYING THE AIM OF COLLECTION - TICKETS AND ACCOMMODATION COSTS VARIOUS OF PEOPLE PUTTING MONEY INTO THE BOX (SOUNDBITE) (German) CARITAS & DU VOLUNTEER, KATARINA SAYING: "We are here to collect money for the train tickets for refugees to go to Munich and also for the necessary costs of their accommodation here." WOMAN WITH PRAM DONATING MONEY MIGRANTS ENTERING THE TICKET SALE HALL MIGRANTS BUYING TICKETS WESTBAHNHOF TICKET HALL
- Embargoed: 21st September 2015 13:00
- Location: Austria
- Country: Austria
- Topics: General
- Reuters ID: LVA53Q1U5AX1DGSJ7ZVSINW6SISG
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- Story Text: Migrants entering Austria from Budapest, where they had been stranded for days, were welcomed with cheers and applause at Vienna's Westbahnhof on Sunday (September 6) as thousands of migrants streamed into Germany.
Meals, fruit and sweets were handed out to migrants and their children as they disembarked from trains where many are continuing their journey on to Munich.
Austria and Germany have thrown open their borders to the wave of refugees making their way north and west from the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere. Hungary has been letting the human tide move on after holding it up for days.
Syrian refugee Riald said: "Many thanks for the Austrian help to people from Syria. Many thanks."
Meanwhile, charity workers collected donations of money and other items in the station forecourt.
"We are here to collect money for the train tickets for refugees to go to Munich and also for the necessary costs of their accommodation here," said volunteer for charity Caritas & Du.
However, the EU is deeply divided over how to cope with the influx of people from the Middle East, Africa and Asia, making the 28-nation bloc look ineffective and heartless as member states blame each other, fuelling political populism and anti-Muslim sentiment.
Germany has said it expects 800,000 migrants this year and urged other EU members to open their doors. But others say the focus should be on tackling the violence in the Middle East that has caused them to flee their homes.
A total of 6,800 entered Germany on Saturday (September 5) with another 5,000 expected on Sunday (September 6), Bavarian state officials said.
The numbers in Europe are small compared to several million refugees in Syria's neighbours Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan and Pope Francis called on Sunday for every European parish and religious community to take in one migrant family each.
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