- Title: EUROPE-MIGRANTS/SERBIA-PARK Belgrade park turns into migrant camp ground
- Date: 24th August 2015
- Summary: BELGRADE, SERBIA (AUGUST 24, 2015) (REUTERS) WIDE OF MIGRANTS IN MAKESHIFT CAMP NEAR BELGRADE BUS STATION VARIOUS OF MIGRANTS RESTING IN PARK SMALL BOY PLAYING WITH TENT POLES MIGRANTS SITTING ON BENCHES IN PARK GIRL AND WOMAN SITTING ON GROUND IN FRONT OF TENT AND EATING MIGRANTS SITTING ON GROUND AROUND TREES IN PARK CHILDREN INSIDE TENT IN PARK (SOUNDBITE) (English) SYRIAN MIGRANT, MAHMOUD, SAYING: "We're going to Hungary, we don't know what situation (is at the) border. We hope so, many much people, too much money. We don't have place (to stay), it's not life. We're going to safe place, for our children, for us. My country is (at) war. No hospitals, no working, no money, not safe." MIGRANTS SITTING BY FENCE WITH PARKED BUSES IN BACKGROUND MIGRANTS IN PARK/BUSES PASSING IN BACKGROUND MIGRANTS RESTING IN PARK
- Embargoed: 8th September 2015 13:00
- Location: Serbia
- Country: Serbia
- Topics: General
- Reuters ID: LVAD8KTK2MTZQO4X3L8DWL0IN2EX
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: As the flow of migrants towards western Europe continues, many who crossed the border with Macedonia and reached Serbia's capital Belgrade are camping in the city's parks, waiting to resume their journey.
More than 5,000 migrants crossed from Macedonia into Serbia on Sunday (August 23), after an overwhelmed Macedonia gave up its attempts to stem the flow of mainly Syrian refugees by force.
Macedonia provided buses and trains to carry them north after days of havoc caused by the closure of its southern frontier with Greece by security forces who used stun grenades and tear gas in an attempt to keep them out.
Several hundred of those who reached Belgrade could be seen resting in makeshift camps in parks near the city's bus station on Monday (August 24), waiting to resume their perilous journey towards Serbia's northern border with Hungary.
"We're going to Hungary, we don't know what situation (is at the) border. We hope so, many much people, too much money. We don't have place (to stay), it's not life. We're going to safe place, for our children, for us. My country is (at) war. No hospitals, no working, no money, not safe," said Mahmoud, a migrant from Syria.
For many migrants their final destinations are Germany and other rich western European countries.
After passing through Turkey, Greece, Macedonia and Serbia, the migrants - mainly from Syria - see the border with Hungary as the last hurdle on their journey as it is part of EU's passport-free Schengen area, which, once crossed, could give them unimpeded access to western Europe.
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