Migrants tried to cram into carriages, but international trains were suspended

The main railway station in the Hungarian capital, Budapest, has opened its doors to hundreds of migrants after a two-day stand-off.

But a public announcement said international trains to Western Europe were suspended “indefinitely”. Hungary’s anti-immigrant Prime Minister Viktor Orban said nobody could leave Hungary without being registered.

EU rules place responsibility for assessing asylum claims on the country where a migrant first arrives. The migrants stuck at Budapest’s Keleti station were prevented from boarding trains on Tuesday and Wednesday. Some were involved in scuffles with police.

hey had bought tickets after Hungary briefly appeared to abandon efforts to register migrants, allowing huge numbers to board trains to Vienna and southern Germany.

It was not immediately clear why authorities decided to let the migrants enter the station on Thursday morning.

The number of migrants entering Europe has reached record levels, with 107,500 arriving in July alone. (BBC)