The refugee crisis deepened today as thousands of migrants continued to try to make their way into European countries.
Hundreds of migrants slept on the railway tracks on the border of Greece and Macedonia last night as their desperate bid to flee their war-torn homes crept into another day.
Many had bare feet and were wearing the clothes they left in as they huddled together on the sharp stones that jutted out from between the tracks.
Their conditions emerged as a convoy of 140 cars departed from Vienna as part of an aid mission started by residents.
More than 6,000 migrants entered Germany on Saturday with another 5,000 thought to have arrived on Sunday.
Dailymail reports Hundreds of migrants slept on the railway tracks on the border of Greece and Macedonia last night as they continued their desperate bid to flee their war-torn homes.
Other refugees were spotted in the Greek village of Idomeni on Sunday morning as the number of people attempting to make their way into mainland Europe increased.
Two children were pictured sleeping on bags in Greece on Sunday morning, with the country continuing to struggle with the number of Syrian migrants
Austrian chancellor, Werner Faymann said it was time to start pulling back on ‘extraordinary measures’, threatening an end to the country’s open-door policy.
‘We have always said this is an emergency situation in which we must act quickly and humanely. We have helped more than 12,000 people in an acute situation.
‘Now we have to move step by step away from emergency measures towards normality in conformity with the law and dignity,’ he said in a statement after ‘intensive talks’ with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a telephone call with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
Thousands of migrants fled to Budapest earlier this week but were refused asylum. The Hungarian authorities reversed their stance on Thursday, with ‘special’ trains laid on for the migrants after some resorted to marching the 110-miles to the Austrian border.
Dozens of exhausted families arrived in Frankfurt in the early hours of this morning after fleeing war-torn Middle Eastern countries.
The refugees were met by volunteers who had made up bags of groceries and collected soft drinks for them, while signs reading ‘Welcome in Frankfurt’ were scattered around the station.
The migrants’ late-night arrival came hours after the first 500 refugees reached Munich on ‘special’ trains from Vienna, Nickelsdorf and Salzburg yesterday after abandoning hopes of settling in Hungary.
Their conditions emerged as a convoy of 140 cars departed from Vienna to Hungary as part of an aid mission started by residents on Sunday morning.
Dozens of cars could be seen queuing on one of Austria’s main roads on Sunday, with some saying they would bring refugee families back.
Thousands will be registered in the country after being invited to settle following global outcry at the worsening migrant crisis. They will be housed temporarily in military barracks and training schools across the country.
Migrants collapsed on the floor from exhaustion, having trekked from the Middle East, boarded trains through Central Europe and crawled under barbed wire on the southern Hungarian border.
German Chancellor, Angela Merkel stated that her country will not stop anyone seeking asylum as thousands of migrants left Hungary and made their way westward towards Germany and Austria.
German officials recently predicted that up to 800,000 migrants would arrive by the end of the year, many of them refugees fleeing war and persecution in Syria, Iraq and Eritrea.
‘The right to political asylum has no limits on the number of asylum seekers,’ Ms Merkel said, ‘As a strong, economically healthy country we have the strength to do what is necessary.’
But Ms Merkel repeated her government’s position that migrants who do not meet the criteria for asylum need to be returned to their home countries.
Even prosperous Germany has struggled to meet the demand for additional housing for the tens of thousands of migrants arriving monthly.
Merkel said her government was not planning to raise taxes to pay for the additional cost. But her governing coalition will be meeting on Sunday to discuss how best to cope with the migrant influx.
Ms Merkel said it was touching to see hundreds of migrants chanting ‘Germany, Germany’ at a railway station in Budapest earlier this week.
‘This wasn’t always the case, but I still have to insist on a fair distribution of the burden across all of Europe,’ she was quoted as saying.
Germany and some other European countries have called for the creation of special reception centres in Italy and Greece, where migrants can stay while their asylum requests are processed.
Ms Merkel said that would prevent the uncontrolled entry into Europe of people who might pose a security threat.
‘Only this way can the security agencies check whether they have information about certain people,’ she was quoted as saying.
Ms Merkel said she was confident Europe would meet the challenge, adding: ‘This should be possible, because Europe is based on common values, and help for those in need of protection is one of them.’
European leaders are in talks to create an EU-wide ‘border protection force’ to deal with the refugee crisis, the Independent has reported.
Under the plans being discussed, the EU – not the member state – would be responsible for deporting ‘economic migrants’.
The Commission will also create a list of so-called ‘safe countries of origin’ and migrants from these nations would be returned home because the EU considers them stable enough.