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Amazing Images: Migrants Walking to Austrian Border

They got tired of waiting for trains in Hungary
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2015 1:27 PM CDT
Updated Sep 4, 2015 3:36 PM CDT
Amazing Images: Migrants Walking to Austrian Border
Migrants walk along the Budaorsi Street in Budapest, Hungary, heading for Germany on foot.   (Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP)

(Newser) – Europe's migrant crisis is leading to yet more compelling images today, this time of about 1,000 migrants making a more than 100-mile hike from Budapest, Hungary, to the Austrian border, reports the BBC. What's striking is that the group is walking along the major thoroughfare to Vienna. Once they get to Austria, the plan seems to be to continue to Germany, which Reuters notes has suspended European Union rules that dictate migrants must register with the first EU country they enter. Instead, Germany is welcoming the migrants to register there, stymying Hungary PM Viktor Orban's plan to keep refugees, many of them from Syria, from crossing over his country's southern border, the news agency notes.

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"Now we talk about hundreds of thousands, but next year we will talk about millions and there is no end to this," Orban told public radio today. "All of a sudden we will see that we are in a minority in our own continent." The mass migration shown in today's images was spurred by a variety of events, including those who fled a border camp and escaped from a crowded train that was held up by Hungarian police for days, per Reuters. About 500 migrants, reportedly led by a one-legged Syrian refugee, were said to have broken through a police barrier in Budapest leading to the main road to Vienna, with members of the group bearing photos of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. State television notes that at least one man, a Pakistani migrant, has died after he tripped and hit his head while running down the train tracks. (Elsewhere, someone anonymously placed a death notice for drowned toddler Aylan Kurdi.)

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