BUDAPEST, Sept 4 (UNHCR) – An angry confrontation between police and refugees on a blocked train just outside Budapest; a makeshift camp of stranded Syrians, Afghans and others at the capital’s main railway station; more than 2,000 refugees crossing into the country from Serbia each day – the contours of Europe’s refugee and migration crisis are growing and shifting.
The train standoff was born of confusion. At the main train station authorities announced a cancellation of all trains to Western Europe in the morning. Then, strangely, a train prepared to depart. Hundreds of refugees stormed it. But 40 kilometres outside the capital the train stopped and police tried to move the refugees into a makeshift reception centre at Bicske.
The refugees refused to leave. They refused food and water. They were, they said, on strike, and demanded to be allowed to leave the country. The confrontation dragged into the night and the morning. “If people have been misled about where the trains are going that would be a terrible thing,” said UNHCR Representative Monsterrat Feixas Vihé.
“Information has been one of the main problems so far. They need to know, they deserve to know what is in store for them, where they are being sent to make the right decision.”
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