Hundreds of migrants wait in an open field under the watchful eyes of Hungarian police, after crossing into Hungary from Serbia.
HUNGARY-SERBIA BORDER NEAR ROSZKE, HUNGARY (SEPTEMBER 8, 2015) (REUTERS) – Hundreds of migrants gathered in a reception camp near the Hungarian-Serbian border on Tuesday (September 8) after crossing into Hungary from Serbia.
The holding area, set up in an open field near the border town of Roszke, is a temporary home for the newcomers, mostly refugees from Syria, who sleep over there before being taken to transit camps elsewhere in the area.
Lining up along a railway track, Hungarian police kept watch over the refugees as they packed up their belongings and waited behind the police barricade for buses to take them to a transit camp nearby.
But the transit camps were overcrowded already, and the buses were too few, so the area has became a bottleneck on the Balkan route, used by migrants travelling from Greece through Macedonia and Serbia before reaching Hungary.
The experience is exhausting as well as traumatising for many, especially families with children, as they are ill-equipped to deal with cold nights with temperatures dropping to 8 degrees Celsius.
“I dream. I wish what I wish, I don’t think… I don’t think about anything, because the trip is… I feel sad, feel sick, and feel pain. I can’t think for anything, I can’t think,” said 45-year-old Leila, a lawyer from Syria, adding that the journey was very dangerous.
“I say about all of Syria, don’t come out through this way,” she said. “I see death… I walk in any city, I see death.”
Deep divisions over how to cope with a flood of migrants from the Middle East, Africa and Asia pose a threat to the European Union’s values and global standing and may diminish its ability to act jointly to reform the euro zone and ease Greece’s debt.
Only months after Europe narrowly averted a Greek exit from the euro zone, the refugee have emerged as the bloc’s biggest challenge.