Confusion reigned at Budapest’s main railway station Thursday morning after Hungarian police allowed hundreds of migrants to enter the building, but the country’s railway operator said that no direct trains would depart for Western Europe, the intended destination for many refugees. A Reuters photographer estimated that up to 1,000 migrants from the Middle East, Africa and Asia had poured into the Keleti railway station from the square outside. The photographer also reported that some people had stormed the first trains they could find and were trying to push themselves and their children into the carriages through the doors and windows.
The Associated Press reported that announcements were made over the station loudspeakers in several languages, including English, that the trains were not heading west. Some migrants could be seen getting off the domestic trains, while others remained on the carriages amid the confusion.
Some of the migrants had been forced to sleep in the streets of Budapest for two nights after Hungarian police closed the terminal to them Tuesday. At that time, migrants with valid tickets but no travel documents were prevented from boarding trains to Austria and Germany.
There was no immediate explanation from the police or other authorities about why the migrants were allowed to enter the terminal Thursday. The rail company said its stance was due to “railway transport” security reasons. A Hungarian government spokesman confirmed to Sky News that no international trains would be leaving the station for “safety reasons”.