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The end of the road: volunteers drive refugees from Hungary to Austria


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The end of the road: volunteers drive refugees from Hungary to Austria

Answering a call made on social media, a convoy of cars has come to the aid of refugees wishing to travel westwards from Budapest.

Cars arrived in the capital from as far afield as Germany after the Hungarian government prevented international travel for many last week.

Volunteers also distributed food and clothes to the mainly Syrian nationals hoping to catch trains further west into Europe.

Hubert came from the Austrian capital Vienna:
“I think Europe has a tradition which is tolerance, which is human rights, which is good governance. And I think all these people who’re fleeing from war, who’re fleeing from terror, they have a right for a safe home. I think it’s our duty to provide, to help them find a safe place.”

Ana, also from Vienna, added:
“We’re trying to help coordinate the situation with cars. People came from Vienna. Came here to pick people up to bring them to the border, let them cross the border by foot, walking, so nobody can be legally charged.”

Austria and Germany have suspended random border checks to allow refugees to cross into the two countries. However on Sunday (September 6), Vienna announced it plans to end the emergency measures step-by-step.

  • A migrant boy gives thumbs-up in a registration centre at the main railway station in Dortmund, Germany September 6, 2015. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

  • A migrant poses at a reception centre after he arrived with a train in Dortmund, Germany September 6, 2015. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

  • A migrant girl smiles as she looks out through the window of a train bound for Munich via Vienna, at the railway station in Hegyeshalom, Hungary, September 7, 2015. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger


  • Migrants board a train at the railway station in Nickelsdorf, Austria September 6, 2015. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

  • Migrants board a train at the railway station in Nickelsdorf, Austria September 6, 2015. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

  • Migrant children from Syria give thumbs-up as they arrive at the main railway station in Dortmund, Germany September 6, 2015. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

  • Migrants look for clothes at a distribution centre with donated articles for daily use after their arrival with a train in Dortmund, Germany September 6, 2015. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

  • Migrants are escorted by German police after they arrived by train to the main railway station in Munich, Germany September 6, 2015. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

  • A police officer points the way as migrants arrive by train at the main railway station in Munich, Germany September 7, 2015 REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

  • A volunteer gives a balloon to a migrant child at the railway station in Nickelsdorf,Austria September 6, 2015. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

  • Migrants wait to board buses to take them onwards to the train station, from the border crossing in Nickelsdorf, Austria September 6, 2015 REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic

  • A young girl blows soap bubbles as migrants wait to board buses to take them onwards to the train station, from the border crossing in Nickelsdorf, Austria September 6, 2015. REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic

  • Volunteers prepare water and supplies for distribution to migrants at the Austrian railway station of Nickelsdorf September 6, 2015. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

  • Well Wishers wave to migrants arriving at the main railway station in Dortmund, Germany September 6, 2015. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

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