Budapest, September 6 (MTI) – Road and rail traffic is now running uninterrupted as migrants continue to board trains heading westward, Tibor Lakatos, a senior of the National Police Headquarters, told a press conference on Sunday.
Police are in constant contact with railway company MAV, Lakatos said, adding that Hungarian, Austrian and German police officers are running joint patrols on trains travelling from the Keleti railway station to Austria.
He said both the entrance of Keleti station and the underpass had been mostly cleared. Lakatos said that 300 to 350 migrants are currently waiting to board international trains.
Arpad Szep, director for refugee affairs of Hungary’s immigration office, said 1,443 asylum applications had been registered by 5pm on Sunday and that there are 3,049 migrants at reception centres. Asked by MTI how many migrants had left Hungary since thousands were taken to the Austrian border by buses and left Hungary in the early hours on Saturday, Lakatos said police had no such information.
Asked if the police were ready for a potential situation in which Austria would no longer allow the unimpeded inflow of migrants into the country, Lakatos said such a development would “not affect” the work of Hungary’s police forces, who he said would continue to carry out their duties in a professional and law-abiding manner.
Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann on Sunday said it would soon be time to phase out emergency measures allowing the unrestricted inflow of migrants into Austria and Germany.