The Courier-Mail



BUDAPEST: Hundreds of desperate people have faced off with police at Budapest’s main railway station as a Hungarian government spokesman said his country had been made the “scapegoat” of Europe’s growing refugee crisis.

Hungary, where 50,000 refugees arrived in August, insists it cannot cope and has built a razor-wire fence along its border with Serbia, a move France has slammed as “scanscan dalous”.

Hungarian government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said 3000 refugees were entering the country every day.

“There’s no time to try to find a scapegoat, which is why we reject that Hungary is being pointed out as a scapegoat in this s whole story,” he said.

“What we are really y hoping for, since the beginning of this year, is to have a completely re- newed approach to migration and the refugee system. The system that was designed years ago has completely failed, it’s falling apart. It is not able to handle these numbers.”

His comments came after fter police cleared and briefly shut Budapest’s Keleti Station a day after thousands of refugees boarded trains for Germany and Austria.

Hungarian railway authoritie­s had said they would allow “only those in possession of the appropriat­e travel documents” to board trains to western Europe.

As night fell, about 500 mainlyi l Syrian refugees, still blocked from the station entrance by a police line, chanted: “Germany! Germany! Hungary, let us go!”

Some held placards made from cardboard boxes calling for the UN to step in.

“What else can I do,” Ahmad Orabi, a 25-year-old Syrian from Homs, said.

“I’ve come so far, I can’t give up now.”now ” Meanwhile,Meanwhil th the Internatio­nal Organisati­on for Migration revealed the scale of Europe’s biggest migrant crisis since WWII.

More than 350,000 people have made the perilous crossing of the Mediterran­ean so far this year.

The influx is Europe’s “greatest challenge”, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said.

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