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Migrants outraged as Hungary closes train station

Tuesday, September 01, 2015 - 01:22

Hundreds of angry migrants demonstrated outside Budapest's Eastern Railway Terminus on Tuesday demanding they be allowed to travel on to Germany, as European Union asylum rules began to feel the strain of unprecedented migration. Pavithra George has more.

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They say they should have been on a train to Germany, instead these Syrian refugees have spent the day outside the gates of Budapest's Eastern Railway Terminus...because Hungarian authorities refused to let them enter the station. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED SYRIAN REFUGEE, SAYING: "Our request are very very simple - just we need release. Just to pass Hungaria. We need nothing from the Hungarian government. What does she want from us?" What Hungary wants, according to officials - is to enforce EU law. The law requires migrants to seek asylum in the first EU-member country that they enter - which means many of these asylum-seekers, who have bought train tickets for Germany, must remain in Hungary until their applications are processed. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED MALE MIGRANT, SAYING: "Please find for us a solution! I have no more, I have no more appetite to speak! I think words cannot be reached! How to reach our words? How is the way?" Earlier, Hungarian authorities had shut the train station down altogether. Dozens of migrants who were inside the station were unable to board the trains and were forced out of the station by police. The station was later re-opened for non-migrant travelers - although these refugees still have no choice...but to wait outside.

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Migrants outraged as Hungary closes train station

Tuesday, September 01, 2015 - 01:22