Railway staions closed, Channel Tunnel services disrupted…the whole EU is struggling to deal with an unprecedented influx of migrants…. reports Asian Lite News
Hundreds of people, mostly from Syria, remain stranded outside a railway station in Hungary after police stopped them travelling through the EU.
The German government said it will allow Syrians arriving from other EU states to apply for asylum. Germany expects to take in 800,000 migrants this year – four times last year’s total.
Elsewhere in Europe, trespassers on the tracks of the Channel Tunnel and reports of migrants on train roofs caused disruption to trains between France and the UK overnight.
The number of migrants entering Europe has reached record levels, with 107,500 arriving in July alone. The EU’s border control agency, Frontex, says 23,000 migrants arrived in Greece last week alone – an increase of 50% on the previous week.
More than 160,000 people have arrived in Greece so far this year – already surpassing last year’s total, BBC reported.
Many of those arriving in the country do so on the island of Lesbos, where, according to the Kathimerini newspaper, 17,500 migrants were registered in the last week. One ferry carrying 1,749 migrants travelling from Lesbos arrived in the port of Piraeus, near Athens, late on Tuesday.
Another, with close to 2,500 on board, was due to arrive early on Wednesday.
Under an EU rule known as the Dublin Regulation, refugees should seek asylum in the first EU country they enter. But Italy and Greece – the main landing points – say they cannot cope with the numbers and many migrants head north.
On Monday, Hungary had appeared to abandon efforts to register migrants, allowing huge numbers to board trains at Keleti station in east Budapest and travel to Vienna and southern Germany. But on Tuesday the Hungarian authorities sealed off the station to migrants, saying it was trying to fufill its obligations as an EU member by upholding border controls.
Overnight, some 2,000 people remained camped outside the station.
Late on Tuesday, an angry crowd chanted “Germany, Germany” and waved train tickets. Members of the crowd complained that they had paid hundreds of euros for tickets to Austria or Germany.
Hungary said it would now register all migrants and send those it considered to be economic migrants back to the state from which they entered the country.