This week, more than 7,000 refugees — mainly from war-torn areas in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan — were welcomed into Germany as the Hungarian government ejected them from Hungary.
Hungary’s far-right government, which has taken harsh stances towards what it sees as an unwanted mob, took the migrants by bus to Austria, after which the German and Austrian governments received them. Once they had crossed the border into Germany, the Associated Press reports they were greeted with “wholly unexpected hospitality featuring free high-speed trains, seemingly bottomless boxes of supplies, and gauntlets of well-wishers offering trays of candy for everyone and cuddly toys for the tots in mothers’ arms.”
Children and adults alike were taken aback by the rich greetings, which came amid disapproval from socially conservative elements from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right coalition government. As her government prepares to hold crisis talks, however, NBC News reports most Germans seemed much more interested in welcoming the migrants than worrying about the cost of accepting them.Photos captured the tender scene as the migrants arrived:
Photos captured the tender scene as the migrants arrived:
The displaced persons were greeted with giant piles of badly needed supplies.