Desperate and hungry, thousands of refugees have left Budapest for Austria on foot. Many have been stranded for days in Hungary but the migrants walked day and night to set off for Austria after the Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann agreed to the continuation of the migrant’s journey into their country. Faymann announced this decision after conferring with Angela Merkel of Germany.
Faymann expects Hungary to abide to the European Union’s agreement relevant to those who are seeking asylum. All requests for asylum have to be dealt with the first European member nation that the asylum seekers reach. Faymann also expects that Hungary will accept any future EU rules mandating country quotas for asylum seekers.
Earlier, Hungary said that it would be providing a fleet of buses to main Keleti train station in Budapest and to the M1 Highway that heads to Vienna after hundreds of migrants and refugees decided to stop waiting for the permission to board trains and started to set off for Austria on foot.
In Finland, millionaire Prime Minister Juha Sipila announced that he would make his home in the north of the country available for refugees. As European leaders struggle to make policies so as to cope up with the influx of migrants who are fleeing the war in Syria, Sipila has offered his home in Kempele. From early 2016, asylum seekers will be allowed to stay in his home that is little used at the moment.
In an interview with national broadcaster YLE, Sipila stated that people have to look at themselves in a mirror and ask how they may be able to help. His comments followed the public outcry over the opening of refugee reception centers in towns near the sparsely populated Nordic country. Sipila also told YLE that the European Union plans to distribute 120,000 refugees arriving in Greece, Italy and Hungary must be accepted voluntarily. He is hoping that Finland has set a good example.
Finland is not actually used to mass migration and the center-right government is struggling to manage the situation amidst the deep spending cuts and the rising rates of unemployment due to recession. Last year, the government estimated 3,600 refugees but it has doubled the figures to 30,000 this year.