PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Thousands of migrants seeking asylum are starting to arrive in Germany and Austria, as they leave violence and unrest in their homeland they hope to find peace in Western Europe and in the U.S.
Migrants fleeing civil war in Syria finally reached destinations in Western Europe, after Austria and Germany agreed to take them in.
For days, Hungary stopped migrants from leaving by train and asylum seekers were stuck at the Budapest station.
Fed up migrants gathered the few belongings they had and did the one thing that got them this far — they walked.
Then the Hungarian government made good on its promise to provide them buses to Austria.
The United Nations refugee agency praised Austria and Germany for “exceptional humanitarian values” by agreeing to take in thousands of the migrants.
At a rally in Paterson, New Jersey on Saturday night, demonstrators demanded more help for the migrants as they held a vigil to remember Syrian refugees who have died fleeing the war.
As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported, for Syrians around the world, including a large population in Paterson, the haunting image of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi’s drowning death is the stuff nightmares are made of.