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Summary

  1. Migrants refuse to leave train at Hungary station
  2. Details emerge about dead child's asylum bid
  3. Hungarian leader: crisis is 'German problem'
  4. Calls for European countries to do more

Live Reporting

By Claudia Allen, Alastair Lawson, Mike Hills and Jasmine Coleman

All times stated are UK

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That concludes the BBC's live coverage on the European migrant crisis for Thursday 3 September.

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our main news story for the latest updates.

Toddler's name is Alan Kurdi

Relatives of the three-year-old boy who drowned off Turkey yesterday have told the BBC that his name should properly be written as Alan, not Aylan.

Turkish authorities had registered him as Aylan, a Turkish name, but the family are Kurdish and he was called Alan (with a long 'A' at the start).

Remanded in custody

One of the suspected drivers of the truck found abandoned in Austria last week with the decomposing bodies of 71 migrants inside has denied knowing there was anyone on board, the AFP news agency reported.

A Bulgarian court remanded Tsvetan Tsvetanov, 32, in custody. He was brought to the hearing wearing handcuffs on his hands and feet and under heavy police escort.

'Human face on this tragedy'

Save the Children's Gemma Parkin tells the BBC that the picture of the young boy who drowned has had a big impact on public opinion:

"This image has actually put a human face on this tragedy that's been so mired in statistics so far," she said.

"When you think about it in the context of it being your own child perhaps, I think that's where the tide of public opinion is turning.

"And Save the Children's been absolutely overwhelmed by the number of compassionate responses that have come into our office today - emails, people on the phone, people getting in touch asking how they can help, offering food, offering to put up accommodation for refugees.

"And really that's the tide of public opinion that we're hoping that the politicians will listen to today."

Syria: 'Terrorist' aggression to blame for refugee crisis

Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister, Faisal Mekdad, has told the BBC that the refugee crisis unfolding in Europe is the direct result of "terrorist" aggression against Syria.

Mr Mekdad blamed Islamist militants for forcing thousands from their homes and said the government of President Bashir al-Assad had helped millions of displaced people.

The Syrian government has been accused of multiple atrocities during the four-year civil war, including the use of nerve gas and chlorine against its own people.

We are calling for all Syrians to come back to their country because this is their right place of existence.

Faisal Mekdad

'Afraid of the police'

About 2,000 migrants remain at Keleti, Budapest's main international train station, the UN refugee agency estimates.

However volunteers quoted by the AFP news agency put the number at closer to 3,000, "many of them sitting listlessly, others clamouring for food, water and blankets".

"I paid 700 euros ($775; £508) on Monday for these train tickets to Munich for my family. They tricked us, the train looked like it was German," one enraged Syrian man, at Keleti for four days, told the news agency.

"Dogs have more human rights here than Syrians, they put us on a train, they take us off, then they do it all over again. The EU, the UN are just as bad, they do nothing, they are all liars."

A 26-year-old PhD student from Damascus - also stranded at the station - told AFP that he left Syria because he was afraid of police arresting him, "and now here in Hungary I feel just the same".

Merkel: Right thing to do

More from the German Chancellor, speaking in Bern:

Germany is doing that which is morally and legally required. Nothing more and nothing less.

The world will decide how Europe will be seen in the world. We are a community of values and the Geneva Convention is a part of this community that we cannot wish away.

Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel in Bern (3 September 2015)
AFP

International trains not going to Budapest

Hungarian authorities have decided to stop international trains going to and from Budapest.

According to statements from the Polish, Czech and Slovak railways, travellers will need to take local services to complete their journeys to the Hungarian capital from the town of Szob, near the border with Slovakia.

Trains to and from Vienna will stop at Hegyeshalom.

Here's a statement from Hungarian railways.

Confused? Here's a diagram to explain how to complete your journey (assuming you have the correct paperwork):

Map released by Hungarian railways showing railway travel possibilities towards Western Europe
Hungarian Railways

How can the EU resolve the migrant crisis?

Here are five key areas where EU agreement could ease, if not fully resolve, the crisis, writes the BBC's Laurence Peter.

People camped out in front of Budapest station

While the stand-off continues at Bicske, west of Budapest, where a train with migrants on board has stopped, many more migrants remain in the Hungarian capital in the hope of boarding trains.

A BBC reporter in Budapest tweets:

So many people camped out in front of Keleti Station in Budapest. Children unaware of all that's going on.

So many people camped out in front of Keleti Station in Budapest. Children unaware of all that's going on.

Map showing location of Bicske
BBC

Austria summons Hungarian ambassador

Bethany Bell

BBC News

In a statement, the Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann says he is summoning the Hungarian Ambassador for talks tomorrow [Friday] over the refugee crisis in Hungary.

"The Geneva Human Rights Convention must be respected by all EU states," he said. "Asylum is a human right that applies in all EU states."

"People who are fleeing war and persecution have a right to asylum and to be treated respectfully."

"We can only solve this great humanitarian challenge together in a strong Europe - with humanity and solidarity."

'Not solely a German problem'

Imogen Foulkes

BBC News, Geneva

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's warning that all European countries are obliged to offer protection to those fleeing war and persecution coincided with the latest report from the United Nations on the Syrian conflict.

The report warns that the Syrian conflict could go on for years, and suggests the world is failing to protect the millions who have fled the fighting.

Mrs Merkel rejected suggestions from Hungarian Prime Minster Viktor Orban that the migrant crisis is a German problem, pointing out that the United Nations convention on refugees is valid in all European countries, and all are legally and morally obliged to offer protection.

Drowned boy's father speaks of heartbreak

Abdullah Kurdi, father of three-year old Aylan Kurdi, cries as he leaves a morgue in Mugla
Reuters
Mr Kurdi spoke of trying in vain to save his family's lives

Aylan Kurdi's father Abdullah said that a few minutes after their boat set off it was assailed by high waves and the captain escaped.

"My children were the most beautiful children in the world. Is there anybody in the world for whom their child is not the most precious thing?" Mr Kurdi said.

Funding request

Greece's caretaker government is to ask the European Union for about €700m (£510m; $776m) to build infrastructure to shelter the thousands of refugees and migrants arriving on its shores daily, Reuters reports.

Greece's caretaker Prime Minister Vassiliki Thanou (R) meets with First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans (C) and EU Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos at her office at the Maximos mansion in Athens, Greece, September 3, 2015.
Reuters
Greece's caretaker PM Vassiliki Thanou (right) met with Frans Timmermans (centre) of the European Commission and the EU Commissioner for migration Dimitris Avramopoulos (left) on Thursday

'Big increase'

The Financial Times reports that European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is to propose a big increase in the number of migrants to whom EU countries would be required to give temporary refuge, arguing it should rise from the 40,000 agreed in July to 160,000.

'It makes me feel ashamed,' says Emma Thompson

Our colleagues at BBC Newsnight spoke to the actress about her environmental campaigning and the UK's attitude to the migrant crisis.

"It makes me feel ashamed": Emma Thompson on UK's response to refugees. In case you missed it bbc.in/1JB8Ata

"It makes me feel ashamed": Emma Thompson on UK's response to refugees. In case you missed it bbc.in/1JB8Ata

'Desperate crossing'

The New York Times magazine has published this illustrated account of the traumatic journey experienced by 733 migrants who crammed aboard two tiny boats somewhere between Libya and Italy earlier this year.

"For them," it says, "a leaky hull was neither the beginning nor the end of their troubles."

Harriet Harman: UK should take 10,000 refugees

Acting Labour leader Harriet Harman tells the World At One on BBC Radio 4 that UK should "absolutely" accept 10,000 refugees.

Listen here.

More people arrive on the shores of Lesbos

The edge of the European Union

These migrants travelled in inflatable dinghies from Turkey.

A Syrian refugee from Aleppo holds his one month old daughter moments after arriving on a dinghy on the Greek island of Lesbos, September 3, 2015.
Reuters
This man and his one-month-old daughter are from Aleppo in Syria
A Syrian refugee holds a child moments after arriving on a dinghy on the Greek island of Lesbos, September 3, 2015.
Reuters
This woman is also from Syria

Scottish football team shows solidarity with migrants

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Celtic FC has announced that it will be giving proceeds from a friendly match this weekend to a charity to assist those affected by the migrant crisis. 

In a statement just released, Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said: "Having seen the effects of this humanitarian crisis unfold in recent days, we felt as a club we should help in any way we can."

German police prepare tents for migrants

Officers in Hanover set up tents to house migrants at police HQ

Police officers set up a tent for refugees during the day, in the grounds of Lower Saxony central police headquarters in Hanover, Germany, 03 September 2015.
EPA

The city's police force is also making a sports hall available, to house an estimate 200 people, Die Welt reports.

A spokesman for the Lower Saxony police association described it as a special measure from the officers as people, for people in need.

What are your suggestions for solving the crisis?

Let us know what you think Europe's leaders should be doing to deal with the migrant crisis - and what you're doing yourself. 

If you're happy to speak to a BBC journalist, please include contact details.  

Could former army bases be used to house migrants?

Here's a selection of some of the emails we've been receiving from readers on the migrant crisis:

From Greece, many head north to Macedonia

These people wait for the Macedonian police to allow them in.

Migrants wait for Macedonian police to allow them to cross into Macedonia at the border between Greece and Macedonia near the town of Gevgelija, on September 3, 2015
AFP

More people arrive on Greek island of Lesbos

A refugee hugs her child after arriving on the Greek island Lesbos in an inflatable dingy from Turkey on September 3, 2015.
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Relief for this woman as she and her child arrive safely on Greek soil after crossing from Turkey in an inflatable dinghy.

Tens of thousands of people a month are making the dangerous crossing, in the hope of building a new life in Europe.

Everything is gone, says father of dead Syrian boy

Abdullah Kurdi, father of three-year-old Aylan, has spoken to the BBC's Fergal Keane about how he tried to save his wife and children when their boat overturned off the coast of Turkey yesterday.

"There was no hope," he says. "One by one they died."

#AylanKurdi Father Abdullah tells me wants to bring his dead children home to Kobane

#AylanKurdi Father Abdullah tells me wants to bring his dead children home to Kobane

Our colleagues at BBC Monitoring say there has been a stunned reaction among Syrian social media users to photos of the three-year-old's body. You can read their piece on the reaction from Syrians here

Migrants receiving medical attention

A BBC News producer at the scene in Bicske tweets:

A little girl is moved from the train for treatment by medical staff at the station.

A little girl is moved from the train for treatment by medical staff at the station.

Stand-off still going on at Hungary train station

A woman carrying a child stands outside a train carrying migrants that was stopped in Bicske, Hungary - 3 September 2015
AP

A reminder of the chaotic scenes in Hungary, where riot police have ordered a large number of migrants to get off a train that had left the capital Budapest and is currently in Bicske, to the west.

The authorities want to take the migrants to a transit camp, but many are refusing to disembark, while others have scuffled with the police, trying to get back on board. 

You can read more about the incident in our main story.

More goodwill from German football teams

Arminia Bielefeld gives out free tickets to refugees

The second division team offered 500 free tickets for a match on 12 September, Die Welt reports, which went within two hours.

"We are thrilled with the overwhelming demand. We wish the refugees and their companions a wonderful football afternoon in the Schueco Arena," said managing director Gerrit Meinke.

'Washed up on a beach like driftwood'

Ireland's PM Enda Kenny speaks in Paris with Francois Hollande

Ireland - while outside the EU's agreements on refugees - will voluntarily commit itself to taking a share of the refugees, Mr Kenny says.

Is there anybody on the planet who could not be moved by what they saw in the papers - anybody with a sense of humanity - who saw the body of a young boy washed up on a beach like driftwood. This is a human catastrophe

Enda KennyIrish prime minister
Enda Kenny with Francois Hollande in Paris
reuters

Salmond: Cameron shaming the country

SNP's foreign affairs spokesman says the UK must do more

I think David Cameron is shaming the country. You see, when people, human beings, see other human beings in distress, when we see pictures of young toddlers lying dead on the beach, then the natural human instinct is to help. David Cameron's natural instinct is to walk by on the other side. That's why he's shaming the country

Alex Salmond MPScottish National Party

Migrants set up camp in stationary train

A New York Times reporter on the train in Bicske tweets:

'All international trains to Western Europe cancelled'

BBC 5 live reporter in Budapest tweets:

Platforms full of people wanting to leave Hungary - but all trains cancelled

Platforms full of people wanting to leave Hungary - but all trains cancelled

Canada investigates dead boy's asylum claim

Reports from Canada say Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has suspended his re-election campaign to investigate why an asylum application made by the aunt of the three-year-old boy who drowned in the sea off Turkey was turned down by Canadian officials.

Aylan Kurdi's aunt lives in Vancouver and had written personally to Mr Alexander seeking to sponsor her relatives to safety in Canada, the Globe and Mail reports.

Some migrants leaving Hungary train

A BBC News producer in Bicske tweets:

'Matter of course'

Angela Merkel speaks after talks with the Swiss president

We are united in our view that we are obliged to uphold our European values, the Geneva refugee convention - incidentally not just Germany and Switzerland but all European countries - that should be a matter of course

Angela MerkelGerman Chancellor

Game changer?

There's been a huge online conversation about images of the dead three-year-old, with many British newspapers using them on their front pages today. 

But will it change the way the world views Syrian migrants? BBC Trending has taken a look at the reaction.

Cameron 'deeply moved' by dead Syrian boy

Aylan Kurdi, 3, and his brother Galip, 5
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An image of Aylan (left) and his brother that has been widely shared online

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has spoken about images of a young Syrian boy whose body washed up on a beach in Turkey yesterday. 

Images of the scene sparked an international outcry over the growing crisis, and Mr Cameron said "as a father I felt deeply moved" when he saw the image of Aylan Kurdi.

"Britain is a moral nation and we will fulfill our moral responsibilities," Mr Cameron added, but gave no details about how the country would do this. 

Anti-immigration comments 'un-Christian'

European Council President Donald Tusk and Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban (left) give a news conference
Reuters

The President of the European Union, Donald Tusk (right), earlier took Viktor Orban to task over a newspaper article in which the Hungarian PM warned that the influx of migrants threatens what he calls Europe's "Christian roots".

Mr Tusk appeared to suggest that such attitudes were themselves un-Christian, saying: "For me Christianity in public and social life means a duty to our brothers in need.

"For a Christian it shouldn't matter what race, religion and nationality the person in need represents."