VIENNA/MUNICH, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Trainloads of migrants
arrived in Austria and Germany from Hungary on Monday as
European Union asylum rules collapsed under the strain of a wave
of migration unprecedented in the EU.
As thousands of men, women and children – many fleeing
Syria’s civil war – continued to arrive from the east,
authorities let thousands of undocumented people travel on
towards Germany, the favoured destination for many.
VIENNA/BUDAPEST (Reuters) – A train carrying hundreds of migrants headed to Vienna on Monday after being held for hours at Austria’s border with Hungary amid a security clampdown on trafficking gangs and efforts to apply fraying European rules intended to manage the flow of refugees.
Austrian Railways had cited “overcrowding” on the train and a police spokesman in Vienna said Austria wanted to check whether any of the migrants had already asked for asylum in Hungary. Those that had would have to stay on the Hungarian side. A second train from Budapest remained stuck at the border.
VIENNA/BUDAPEST, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Austrian authorities
toughened controls along the country’s eastern borders on
Monday, stopping hundreds of refugees and arresting five
traffickers in a clampdown that followed last week’s gruesome
discovery of 71 dead migrants in a truck.
At a news conference in Vienna, Interior Minister Johanna
Mikl-Leitner and one of her top deputies rejected suggestions
that the border checks, which triggered a 25-km (15-mile) queue
of vehicles stretching into Hungary, constituted a violation of
Europe’s passport-free Schengen zone.
VIENNA (Reuters) – The 71 people found dead in an abandoned refrigeration lorry in Austria had been crammed in, five to a square meter (10 sq ft), police said on Sunday, as initial forensic tests indicated they had suffocated.
A baby girl and three other children were among the dead in truck discovered on Thursday on a highway from the Hungarian border to Vienna, where it had been left 24 hours earlier.
VIENNA (Reuters) – Three young children suffering from dehydration and close to death have been rescued from a van crammed with 26 refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, Austrian police said on Saturday.
The two girls and a boy, aged five and six, were found in a dire state when police stopped the vehicle after a chase near the Austrian town of St. Peter am Hart on the border with Germany, a police spokesman said. They are recovering in hospital.
VIENNA, Austria (Reuters) – Three young children suffering from dehydration and close to death have been rescued from a van in Austria, crammed in with 23 other refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, police said on Saturday.
The two girls and one boy aged 5 and 6 had been in a dire state when police stopped the van after a high-speed chase close to the town of St. Peter am Hart on the border with Germany, a spokesman for Austrian police said. They are now recovering in hospital.
NICKELSDORF, Austria (Reuters) – Austrian police said on Saturday they are hoping to help identify 71 refugees found dead in an abandoned truckon an Austrian highway by examining mobile phones found on some of the bodies.
Four children, including a baby girl, were among the dead, presumed to be from Syria and possibly Afghanistan, who were found on Thursday. Fluids from the decomposing bodies were seeping from the door of the truck, left on a highway leading from Hungary to Vienna.
EISENSTADT, Austria/TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Austria said on Friday 71 refugees, including a baby girl, were found dead in an abandoned freezer truck, while Libya recovered the bodies of 105 migrants washed ashore after their overcrowded boat sank on its way to Europe.
Almost 100 more were missing and feared dead.
Both tragedies were a result of a renewed surge in migrants fleeing war and poverty that has confronted Europe with its worst refugee crisis since World War Two.
VIENNA (Reuters) – Distraught over missing relatives en route from Syria to western Europe, two young men waited anxiously on Friday for news outside Vienna’s forensic department, where some of the bodies of 71 dead migrants found in Austria have been brought.
“We have not heard from them in three days. Last time we heard, they were in Hungary,” one of the young Syrian-Kurdish men said, declining to give his name for fear of upsetting his family back home.
TRIPOLI/EISENSTADT, Austria (Reuters) – Libya on Friday recovered the bodies of 82 migrants washed ashore after their overcrowded boat sank on its way to Europe while Austria said 71 refugees including a baby girl had been found dead in the back of an abandoned freezer truck.
Three people were arrested in Hungary in connection with the truck deaths and Austrian police said they suspected a Bulgarian-Hungarian trafficking ring was responsible.