From Hungary to Austria on Foot

On September 4, 2015, approximately 2,000 refugees set out on foot from Budapest to Austria. For days prior, they had been stuck in the Hungarian capital, many of them stranded in train stations with little information. Late that night, after walking about 30 kilometers, they were finally picked up by buses, which drove them to the Austrian border. The chaos of the process, documented in the short film above, was revealing.

The European refugee influx hit Hungary hard this summer, with the country’s inadequate facilities—and the government’s inadequate response—creating a crisis that could have been avoided.

While many Hungarian citizens did their best to help the migrants with food, water, and medical aid, the official reaction around railway stations was limited to some extra mobile toilets and temporary water taps. Indeed, the Hungarian government has spent more money on a new border fence and a media smear campaign demonizing migrants than it spends annually on the immigration authorities that run refugee camps and process asylum-seekers. is a Budapest-based investigative journalism outlet that has been documenting the situation, focusing on two investigations in particular. First, we revealed that a number of Budapest hotels play a key role in the organized business of smuggling people over the Austrian–Hungarian border, and that the police fail to follow up on these cases.

We also investigated how the police and the authorities have mismanaged the crisis, especially on the southern border following the construction of the fence. As part of this investigation, we highlighted the professional shortcomings of the authorities and the supposedly deliberate police brutality when cracking down on a refugee demonstration on September 16 at the Röszke border crossing.

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Extremely powerful video. Thank you for sharing. And now I will share it.


This video transmitted the feeling of this people, and showed the context, complex situation. If they stay in Syria, the probability to die is enormously relevant, or lose part of their families, If they move, they do need help from others to survive, and have chance to thrive in life. It's time to forget all the differences and walk hand in hand. Flags are obsolete in the new age.

Thank you making and sharing this video with the world. God bless the Syrian people, those still inside and those who have braved the unknown, those who have made it, those who died trying and those who struggle still and THANK YOU to the kind people along the way that helped them however they could. May these images teach us all to be more human and to put ourselves in the shoes of others. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Peace, Salaam, Paix,

definitely sharing this video...

"The European refugee influx hit Hungary hard this summer, with the country’s inadequate facilities—and the government’s inadequate response—creating a crisis that could have been avoided."

Please stop with the lies. Just stop. Yes, the government was not on top of things, however, the reason those people were stranded on railway stations and whatnot is much simpler. They refused to abide by the regulations concerning refugees. You are supposed to apply for asylum in the first EU country you enter, and wait there until your case is decided. They have, instead, opted to forgo this registration process, to try to get into Germany instead. They should have stayed at the refugee centers, and THEN the miserable conditions could have been blamed on Orban. If you decide you do not follow the law, and try to shop for a richer country to claim refugee status, you really should not be surprised if you are not allowed to move freely in the Schengen zone. What was the government to do? Round them up, and force them to camps? THAT would have been something, wouldn't have been? Can you imagine the international outroar if these people were not held up, but ferried to the border from the beginning violating Hungary's obligations as a Schengen border country, and under Dublin III? Just stop the lies, OK? It's tiring.

I do agree with angryrat. I feel sorry too with Syrian people and some refugees, but they need to wait and follow the rules. They should also respect and obeyed the laws, culture and residents of the country who adopt them.

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