Refugee exodus: Hundreds march from Budapest to western Europe (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Migrants march along the highway towards the border with Austria, out of Budapest, Hungary, September 4, 2015. © Laszlo Balogh
Hundreds of refugees, most of them Syrians, have left the halted trains and overcrowded camps of Budapest behind to set off on a journey of hundreds of kilometers in length along the main highway to Vienna in desperate attempts to reach western Europe.

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The Hungarian capital saw about 500 migrants break through a police barricade on the main road on their way to Vienna on Friday, Reuters reported. The asylum seekers, many women and children among them, decided to take the 170-kilometer-long journey to Vienna on foot.

Migrants march along the highway for the border with Austria, out of Budapest, Hungary, September 4, 2015. © Laszlo Balogh
Migrants set off on foot for the border with Austria from Budapest, Hungary, September 4, 2015. © Bernadett Szabo

Migrants shouting “Germany, Germany” were led by a one-legged Syrian refugee from the Keleti railway station, where trains heading to western Europe were halted for several days to stop the inflow of asylum seekers. Now, over 1,000 people camp outside the station.

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The police had to halt traffic to chase runaway migrants, who fled a Roszke reception center, located near Hungary's southern border with Serbia, Reuters reported on Friday. They were eventually caught after some scuffles with police, according to officers.

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Hungary has become the main point of entry to the EU for thousands of refugees, seeking to get to countries like Germany, with over 140,000 people having been recorded passing through the Serbian border since January so far.