Hungary allowing migrants to move west on trains

Hungary is permitting migrants to use normal train services to move closer to Western Europe through its porous western border, abandoning visa checks that it previously used to prevent them from easily reaching Austria and Germany on public transportation.

The unexpected move comes just a day after Hungary, buckling from the pressure of a buildup of thousands of asylum seekers at Budapest’s main railway station and on its major highway, shuttled several thousand people to its border with Austria using a fleet of buses.

Austria and Germany, the migrants’ predominant destination, agreed to take the busloads as an exceptional measure but emphasized that Hungary must handle the cases of other asylum seekers on its own soil.

Hungary likewise billed the bus convoy as a once-only opportunity for migrants to avoid its own asylum system.

— AP

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