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    Refugees from Syria and Iraq, who are demanding the right to travel to Germany from Hungary, told Sputnik about the reasons for their migration.

    BUDAPEST (Sputnik) — Undocumented migrants, demanding that the Hungarian government allow them to travel to Germany, told Sputnik what circumstances had provoked them to storm stationary trains in Budapest's Keleti railway station.

    Earlier in the day, Hungarian authorities had opened the station's doors to hundreds of undocumented migrants, who had been protesting outside the station for days; they then proceeded to board stationary trains in the terminal, demanding that they be allowed to depart for Germany.


    "I left Syria earlier. I was living in Turkey for about 2 years, and after that I decided to go to Germany," a young man, who came to Hungary one week ago, said.

    Abdulrahman Sawas speaks three foreign language — English, Turkish and Arabic — and believes that he and his brother will be able to find a good living in Germany, like two of their other siblings have already done.

    "All my friends left for Germany, and they are engineers like me. They had a good opportunity to work as engineers there. I think as an engineer it will be good to go to Germany. I have my diploma, I have finished my studies, and I would like to continue it in PhD or something like that. I think it will be all right."

    According to Sawas, he has encountered no problems with Hungarian police during his time in Hungary.

    "My way to Hungary was very easy, the police helped us. Border police. They told us how and where to go. Hungarian border police, I mean. I came from Turkey to Greece, and from Greece to here by train."

    Yet, even if Germany does not open its doors to those crowded in Budapest's railway station, Sawas believes he will find a way to reach Aachen, the German city where he hopes to settle.

    "We have another solution. Maybe we will go to a boarder city with Austria and cross the boarder by bicycle."


    "I am from Iraq. I am going to Germany or Luxembourg. I am going to find peace," Mohammed, a 27-year-old man who wants to reach Western Europe to study chemistry, told Sputnik.

    According to Mohammed, he and another fourteen Iraqi migrants had to bribe Serbian border guards to be allowed entry into Hungary.

    "400 euro [some $450] for 20 persons. It was not a car, he lead us through the country by foot."

    Hungarian border patrol guards were not so willing to compromise, Mohammed continues.

    "They stopped us, but we ran. We overstepped the fence. It was not difficult, just a little. Police caught another persons on the boarder, we have run away. After that I came to Budapest by car. Just a simple Hungarian taxi."

    Mohammed shows the ticket to Munich that he bought two days ago but was not allowed to use.

    "Now I am going to stay here, what can I do?"


    "I am from Syria. I came here with my baby, my dad, my brother and my friends," Nour, a young woman holding a toddler, said.

    She explains that her family is traveling in a group of 20 people.

    A group of refugees walk on the railway tracks after crossing from Serbia, into Roszke, Hungary, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015.
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    "We are going to Sweden. My mom lives there, and we go there because we miss her."

    According to Nour, the migrants had faced problems with police, "but they did not hurt us, they were correct."

    "Now we wait for the train, but may be we will go with taxi. We have a person to take us, but I don't know, who is he. First, to Germany, then to Sweden".


    "I am planning to go to Germany. There is a good economy there. I am going to be a refugee," Josef, who is 35 years old, told Sputnik.

    He had to pay smugglers to get this far in his journey.

    "But also I walked a lot. I came from Turkey to Greece by boat, then I walked from Serbia to Hungary by foot. I also used usual taxis here. Hungarian police is searching for us everywhere. They try to stop us. "

    Josef points out that he had no other option than to leave his native country.

    "My town in Syria was destroyed completely. I lost all my jobs, all I had. I had a big farm with two houses. I was, I had…"

    Josef believes that a better life is still possible for him.

    "I think I will not have problems in Germany, because I have two brothers there. I have to be with them. If I don't work, they help."

    Hungary is being used as a gateway to wealthier EU countries by thousands of migrants. As a result, the country is experiencing an unprecedented influx of undocumented immigrants. Budapest estimates that over 156,000 migrants have illegally entered the country since the beginning of 2015.


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