Thousands of refugees stranded at Budapest train station

BUDAPEST: Thousands of refugees and migrants remained stranded at Budapest’s main international railway station as Hungarian authorities stuck to European Union rules and prevented them from leaving for Germany and other countries in western Europe.


About 3,000 people were camped at the Keleti station in the Hungarian capital early on Wednesday, many sleeping outside the main entrance guarded by police, who said citizen patrols were assisting them in keeping order.

Volunteer groups accustomed to providing food, clothing and medical assistance to a few hundred people at a time struggled with the large number of people staying in every corner of the station’s sunken plaza.

More than 150,000 refugees and migrants have reached Hungary this year, most coming through the southern border with Serbia.