Migrant crisis: Private Refugee convoy drives to Hungary

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A CONVOY of some 140 vehicles driven by German and Austrian activists has made the journey into Hungary to help pick up migrants who are trying to reach Western Europe.

Thousands of people who initially fled the conflict in Syria have made their way through to Austria since Hungary temporarily changed their stance on immigration and removed restrictions on movement on Friday.

Since then, buses and special trains have been taking them from the Hungarian border to Vienna and then onto different destinations in Germany.

On Sunday September 6, a convoy of about 140 cars left Vienna for the Hungarian capital, Budapest, as part of a private initiative dubbed “refugeeconvoy”

A turning point in the current crisis was reached on Saturday 5, when up to 10,000 migrants travelled by bus, train and on foot, through the Austrian border on their way to welcoming cities such as Vienna and Munich amongst others.

Although the pope has urged all European towns to help the refugees by taking in at least one family, a German government spokesman said., the rules requiring refugees to apply for asylum in the first country they land in “are still valid, and we expect other European Union member states to stick to them”.

In the UK, Chancellor George Osborne told the BBC that Britain “needs to do even more” to help refugees from Syria, and that money from the £12bn international aid budget could be diverted to councils helping to house refugees.

David Cameron is expected to make a Commons statement on Monday.

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