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Tracing the migrant path from Turkey to Hungary

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 01:57

Thousands of migrants each day are traveling the same route from Turkey through Greece into Macedonia and north into Europe. Sean Carberry reports.

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STORY: The route for those fleeing places like Syria or Afghanistan looks something like this. First, get smuggled to western Turkey. Pile into an overloaded boat and set out for nearby Greek islands like Kos or Lesbos. Assuming the boats don't capsize, arrive in Greece and join makeshift camps like this one in Lesbos, where the UN's Toulina Demeli is helping process migrants. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNHCR FIRST RECEPTION EXPERT IN LESBOS, TOULINA DEMELI, SAYING: "Approximately 2,000 people arrive per day on the island. We expect the numbers to increase and the problems will keep increasing also as the numbers increase. So, it's for sure that we need help from the international community, the European Union, from NGOs, international organisations, whatever help is welcome." If you're lucky, after a few days you score tickets for a ferry like this one unloading nearly 2500 migrants in mainland Greece. Twenty-two-year old Ahmet Alhousen fled northwestern Syria. (SOUNDBITE)(English) MIGRANT MAN FROM SYRIA, AHMET ALHOUSEN, AGED 22, SAYING: "I wish to go to other cities in Europe, like in Germany, or Denmark, Dutch, or Britain, to have a good life and complete my studying because I didn't complete my studying in Syria. I wish to have a good life here." So, the journey continues by crossing into Macedonia, which just reopened its border after several days of clashes between migrants and police. Now, Macedonia is increasing train capacity. Volunteer Lence Zdarvkin comes to this train station every day to help. She travels more than 60 miles each way from her home. (SOUNDBITE) (Macedonian) VOLUNTEER FROM MACEDONIAN TOWN VELES, LENCE ZDRAVKIN, SAYING: "I come here every day to Gevgelija to spend some time helping as much as I can, with food, clothes, but main thing is to help." The route continues through Serbia, and then into the EU nation of Hungary. Many finally settle in Germany, where officials expect a record 750,000 asylum-seekers to arrive this year.

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Tracing the migrant path from Turkey to Hungary

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 01:57