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Some 3000 Refugees to Gather at Austrian-Hungarian Border on Thursday Night

© AP Photo / Darko BandicA group of refugees walk on the railway tracks after crossing from Serbia, into Roszke, Hungary, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015.
A group of refugees walk on the railway tracks after crossing from Serbia, into Roszke, Hungary, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. - Sputnik International
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Local police expects about 3,000 refugees to gather at the Austrian border with Hungary overnight into Friday, the press service of the Austria’s easternmost Burgenland state police said on Thursday.

NICKELSDORF (Austria) (Sputnik) — Some 1,600 migrants have arrived at the border since Thursday morning, according to the head of the police press service, Helmut Marban.

“We see a constant influx, hundreds of people arrive, up to a thousand," Marban said, adding that police expect the number of refugees to double by nightfall.

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Police are helping the arriving refugees with shelter for the night and directing them to buses heading to several Austrian cities that have rail connections with Germany, he said.

The European Union has been beset by a refugee crisis, with thousands of undocumented migrants, mainly from the Middle East and North Africa, arriving in EU member states, fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries.

Many of them use Hungary as a transit point on their journey to wealthier EU states where they intend to apply for asylum.

On Wednesday, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said about 500,000 people have arrived in Europe since the beginning of 2015.

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