Szeged volunteers see no effect of fence on refugee numbers


Jessica Fejos

With the construction of the Hungarian-Serbian border fence now underway, volunteers at the Szeged train station say they feel no difference in the number of refugees requiring their assistance. A Migszol organizer added: “Police are catching record numbers of people crossing the border”.

(Photo: Jessica Fejos)

The Budapest Business Journal was invited to watch first hand the ritual that happens several times a day as new refugees make their first steps after crossing the border. It begins with volunteers waiting patiently on the sidewalks with grocery bags full of halal sandwiches and several cases of still water. Refugees flow out of newly arriving buses, although most stay near the bus unsure of their new surroundings. “They don’t know exactly were they are. Some have smart phones but others don’t have exact information,” a volunteer said in reference to the new arrivalsʼ hesitation. As a few brave young boys move toward the square, people start to understand that Migszol and their work force are there to lend a hand.

(Photo: Jessica Fejos)

More than just a food distribution center, this small house also offers interpreters, medical assistance, and signs about Budapest and the process of using train tickets. The refugee aid house works alongside other train stations offering help and services on the path to Hungarian refugee camps.

(Photo: Jessica Fejos)

Recent reports suggest that the number of asylum seekers this year alone has reached over 100,000 and continues to climb. Volunteers are on the front lines of this effort and more donations as well as helping hands are needed to keep up with the increasing need.

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