Austrian, German, Hungarian Railways in Talks Over Refugees

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Austrian, German and Hungarian railways are in talks to coordinate the safe and orderly passage of refugees, said the Chief Executive Officer of Austria’s national rail system, Christian Kern.

The railways are prepared for another “bigger wave” of refugees, Kern said in an interview with reporters in Alpbach, Austria. The current lockdown on refugee rail transport in Budapest isn’t sustainable, he said.

“Our concern is that people will look for alternative ways” to travel, Kern said. “The only right decision is the orderly transport of the refugees.”

Austrian and Hungarian authorities have stepped up road controls for suspected people smugglers after 71 migrants died last week in a truck abandoned on the highway connecting Budapest and Vienna. More than 3,600 refugees boarded trains departing Budapest for Austrian and Germany on Monday.

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