Refugees: warm welcome marks crisis “turning point”

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UNHCR’s Melissa Fleming (left) with Syrian refugee Nahed Mir Ali, who trekked arrived crossed Hungary on foot before taking a train to Vienna. Photo: UNHCR

Austrians and Germans have offered trainloads of refugees an “incredible outpouring of welcome”, marking a possible turning point in the migration crisis, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said Monday.

That’s the assessment of UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming, who’s been at Vienna railway station since the weekend to monitor conditions for refugees arriving from Hungary to the south.

According to the UN agency, most of the refugees who’ve fled conflict in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq aim to seek asylum in Germany, but as Ms Fleming told Daniel Johnson, “there can’t be a German solution to a European problem”.

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