There are an estimated 2,000 migrants stranded near the Keleti train station today. Hundreds of passengers on five trains were delayed overnight as migrants swarmed the train tracks near the port of Calais. The surge of migrants is causing major travel delays all over the European Union in recent weeks.
Southern Europe saw 11 migrants drown as two boats sunk off of the coast of Turkey.
Germany, Austria and Hungary are the top destinations for migrants and have taken the brunt of the migrants in coming days. Recent developments serve as a reminder that Europe as a whole is trying diligently to accommodate migrants due to the influx.
Tens of thousands of migrants, over 107,000 in July alone, have been fleeing the Middle East and Africa in hopes of settling in Europe. Asylum policies are difficult to overcome, and many far-right political parties have also caused backlash against migrants in some countries.
Protests erupted at Keleti station resulted in demonstrator’s chanting “Go! Germany! We want freedom!” Riot police remained on standby as police officers have been working diligently to check migrant documentation at cafes and local shops.
Keleti station had to shut down temporarily until the authorities decided what to do in terms of security. Transportation resumed regularly, but all passengers must have legal documentation before they’re allowed to enter on the train. Many migrants without paperwork are now stranded as a result.
The number of migrants keep piling up despite transportation hardships.
A growing concern over the health of migrants is rising. Months ago, migrants would have foot problems from their long journey, but now many people are coming with diabetes and illnesses requiring medical attention.
Groups of human traffickers are also present, with many migrants going to traffickers in an attempt to be transported to Germany and avoid the train debacle. Many countries initially against migrants seeking asylum have relaxed their position in an effort to help ease the burden throughout Europe.