September 20, 2015 / 1:43 PM / 4 years ago

Flow of migrants into Austria from Hungary increases

A migrant sits beside bags on a bridge, connecting the Slovenian town of Gornja Radgon and Bad Radkersburg, in Bad Radkersburg, Austria, September 20, 2015. Reuters/Srdjan Zivulovic

VIENNA (Reuters) - Roughly 10,700 migrants walked into Austria from Hungary on Sunday, more than arrived during all of Saturday, and a motorway passing through the border was partially closed, police spokesmen said.

Croatia, faced with growing crowds on its territory after Hungary barricaded its border with Serbia against migrants heading north, has been bringing people to its border with Hungary, which has been shuttling them to reception centers near Austria’s eastern flank.

Roughly 10,700 migrants had arrived since midnight, a spokesman for the police in the eastern province of Burgenland said. Saturday’s total was roughly 10,500.

Almost all of those arrivals were at the town of Nickelsdorf, which has generally been the main crossing point for migrants coming from Hungary. Buses and trains took many on to emergency accommodation elsewhere, and others took taxis, a Reuters witness said.

Another police spokesman said Vienna-bound lanes on the A4 motorway, which goes through the border near Nickelsdorf, were closed for security reasons, without elaborating. The police have previously closed lanes of that motorway because of migrants setting off for Vienna on foot.

A spokesman for motorists’ group OeAMTC later said the lanes had reopened, but there were traffic jams.

In Styria, a southeastern province that borders Slovenia, 500 migrants entered the country on Sunday, a spokesman for the police in that province said.

Reporting by Francois Murphy; Editing by Mark Potter/Ruth Pitchford

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