Germany struggles with refugees; 5,000 on way from Serbia


Munich officials say they are struggling to deal with roughly 20,000 refugees who arrived from Hungary to their city over the weekend, and thousands more are expected there, according to reports. Meanwhile, 5,000 refugees reportedly arrived into Serbia this morning and are expected to be near the Hungarian border in the coming days.

A refugee climbs under the fence on Hungaryʼs border with Serbia this morning. (Photo: MTI/Edvárd Molnár)

Christoph Hillenbrand, president of the Government of Upper Bavaria, said that Hungarian officials had not prepared Munich for the roughly 20,000 asylum-seekers coming from Hungary over the weekend, and added that as many as 10,000 are expected there today, according to Hungarian news agency MTI.

Munich police reportedly said they are overwhelmed and made a plea for more volunteers at the train station.

Hillebrand said dealing with the huge refugee flow is difficult. “The situation is very tense,” he said, according to MTI.

Officials in the Serbian city of Preševo reportedly said that the number of refugees coming through Serbia from Macedonia is now more than anything they have experienced in the past.


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