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Live Reporting

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

All times stated are UK

  1. Thanks for reading

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

    Please check our main news story for the latest updates.

  2. 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).

  3. 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.

  4. '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."

  5. 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.

    Quote Message: We are calling for all Syrians to come back to their country because this is their right place of existence. from Faisal Mekdad
    Faisal Mekdad
  6. '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".

  7. Merkel: Right thing to do

    More from the German Chancellor, speaking in Bern:

    Quote Message: Germany is doing that which is morally and legally required. Nothing more and nothing less.
    Quote Message: 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. from Angela Merkel
    Angela Merkel
    Angela Merkel in Bern (3 September 2015)
  8. 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
  9. 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.

  10. 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:

    Map showing location of Bicske
  11. 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."

  12. '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.

  13. Post update

    Drowned boy's father speaks of heartbreak

    Abdullah Kurdi, father of three-year old Aylan Kurdi, cries as he leaves a morgue in Mugla
    Image caption: 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.

  14. 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.
    Image caption: 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
  15. '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.

  16. '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.

  17. '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."

  18. 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.

  19. 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.
    Image caption: 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.
    Image caption: This woman is also from Syria
  20. 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."

  21. 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.

    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.

  22. 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.  

  23. 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:

  24. 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
  25. 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.

    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.

  26. 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."

    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

  27. Migrants receiving medical attention

    A BBC News producer at the scene in Bicske tweets:

  28. 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

    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.

  29. 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.

  30. '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.

    Quote Message: 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 from Enda Kenny Irish prime minister
    Enda KennyIrish prime minister
    Enda Kenny with Francois Hollande in Paris
  31. Salmond: Cameron shaming the country

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

    Quote Message: 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 from Alex Salmond MP Scottish National Party
    Alex Salmond MPScottish National Party
  32. 'All international trains to Western Europe cancelled'

    BBC 5 live reporter in Budapest tweets:

  33. 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.

  34. 'Matter of course'

    Angela Merkel speaks after talks with the Swiss president

    Quote Message: 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 from Angela Merkel German Chancellor
    Angela MerkelGerman Chancellor
  35. Cameron 'deeply moved' by dead Syrian boy

    Aylan Kurdi, 3, and his brother Galip, 5
    Image caption: 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. 

  36. Anti-immigration comments 'un-Christian'

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

    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."

  37. 'Last hope'

    More from Francois Hollande

    "These men and women, with their families, are fleeing war and persecution. They need international protection."

    "Europe must protect those for whom she is the last hope.

  38. More on Franco-German announcement

    The European Union must act in a decisive manner and in line with its values, the statement from French President Francois Hollande said.

    The two governments "have announced joint proposals to organise the reception of refugees and a fair distribution in Europe" as well as "converging standards to strengthen the European asylum system," he said.

  39. Franco-German proposals

    France and Germany have decided on a joint initiative on the migrant crisis, the Elysee Palace says. We'll bring you more details as they come in.

  40. Merkel says countries 'duty bound' to help

    Imogen Foulkes

    BBC News, Geneva

    During a news conference in Switzerland, German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the Hungarian statement that the current crisis is "a German problem".

    She has stressed that all countries are duty bound, by the UN convention on refugees, to offer protection to those fleeing war and persecution. Germany is doing that, she says, but all European countries must do it.

    She concedes that countries such as Hungary or Greece need to protect their external borders [to non EU member states] but says again that the convention on refugees is binding, and must be honoured by all countries.

  41. Hungary train update

    A BBC producer on board tweets...

  42. Bayern Munich to support refugee projects

    Football club to give food, German lessons and football equipment

    German football giant Bayern Munich has announced a "training camp" for asylum seekers, in which children and young people will receive German lessons, meals and kit.

    At the next home game on 12 September, the players will enter the arena holding the hand of a German child and an asylum seeker child, the club said.

    One million euros from a friendly game will be donated to asylum projects.

    "FC Bayern sees it as its social responsibility to help the refugees, needy children, women and men to support them and to accompany them in Germany," said club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.   

  43. Europe's asylum system 'in tatters'

    Gavin Hewitt

    BBC correspondent on board migrants train in Hungary

    Nothing illustrates how difficult this crisis is to resolve than what has happened to these several hundred refugees who are currently on this train at the town of Bicske.

    The scenes here today will be very damaging for Hungary, which is struggling to find a way to deal with this crisis - a crisis which is not just about Hungary, but about the fact that the EU system for dealing with asylum is broken - it is in tatters.

    The old rules are simply not working and so far whatever Europe's leaders have said they have not yet come up with a credible plan for dealing with this crisis.

  44. BreakingTurkey arrests over drowned boy

    Police in Turkey have arrested four suspected traffickers after 12 migrants drowned while trying to reach a Greek island.

    The dead migrants included a 3-year-old boy whose body washed up on a beach, galvanising the worldwide debate about migration.

  45. Angela Merkel to speak in Switzerland

    German chancellor receiving honorary doctorate in Bern

    More details from her press conference soon - she is expected to address the migrants crisis.

    Angela Merkel at press conference in Bern
  46. Post update

    Chris Morris

    BBC News

    Criticism continues to grow elsewhere in Europe of the British government's position on refugees.

    A leading European human rights official has said the UK is doing far less than other countries to help Syrians fleeing from conflict.

    Nils Muiznieks, the Commissioner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe, said: "I am seriously concerned by the British prime minister's position that the UK should not provide protection to more refugees from the Middle East.

    "While it is true that long-term peace should be brought to Syria and other war-torn countries, it is also true that the UK has a legal and moral obligation to offer shelter to those who flee war and persecution.

    "The truth is that at the moment the UK is doing much less than other European countries, like Germany or Sweden, which give refuge to thousands of Syrians."

  47. UK chancellor 'distressed' by image

    As calls for the UK to accept more refugees continue, the Chancellor George Osborne has said he was "very distressed" to see the image published by some news outlets of a young boy's body on a beach in Turkey.

    He insisted the number of refugees Britain takes was "under review".

    "We know there's not a simple answer to this crisis and what you need to do is first of all tackle ISIS, and the criminal gangs who killed that boy," he said.

    "We've put a billion pounds of overseas aid in to help these desperate people and of course Britain's always been a home to real asylum seekers, genuine refugees.

    "We've taken 5,000 people from the Syrian conflict. We'll go on taking people and keep it under review."

  48. Train in Biscke, Hungary

    BBC cameraman Xavier Van Pevenaege sent in these images from the train that is stationary in Biscke as it carries people seeking to leave Hungary for Austria and Germany.

    Young boy waiting on platform
    Families on board train
    Police on station platform
  49. Czech police to stop numbering migrants with pen

    A Czech police officer marks a migrant with a number in Breclav, Czech Republic, 1 September

    Police in the Czech Republic have said they will halt the practice of writing numbers on the hands of migrants after widespread criticism from human rights groups, reports the BBC's Rob Cameron in Prague.

    Images of a Czech policewoman using a felt-tip pen to mark numbers on the hands of refugees have been widely circulated in the international media, leading to comparisons with Jews being tattooed as they arrived at Auschwitz.

    The interior ministry said the practice was not standard policy and had been chosen on the spur of the moment - primarily to prevent children being separated from their parents.

    But it acknowledged the unfortunate association with the Holocaust, and said the method would not be used again.

  50. Cartoonists respond

    Cartoonists in the Middle East have been using art to comment on the outcry over the picture of the drowned boy washed up in Turkey, BBC Monitoring reports.

    An illustration posted on Facebook by Syrian cartoonist Juan Zero shows a soldier standing over the body of a boy, asking: "Do you prefer Germany or Sweden?"

    An illustration posted on Facebook by Syrian cartoonist Juan Zero

    Another cartoon shows the young boy on the beach with a truck unloading a mass of Facebook "likes" onto him.

    Meanwhile another image depicts a group of men from the Gulf, in black and white, digging a grave for the little boy, depicted in colour.

    The caption reads: "Number of Refugees welcomed by Saudi, Kuwait, Qatar, Emirates, Bahrain: 0"

    And Iranian cartoonist Mahnaz Yazdani compared what young children should be doing - sleeping soundly - to the reality facing Syrian refugees in this image entitled 'Looking for a safe land'.

    Cartoon by Mahnaz Yazdani
  51. Scuffle at Hungarian train station

    There are some dramatic images coming in showing a scuffle between police and a migrant at Bicske train station in Hungary.

    The incident happened when riot police tried to get migrants off the train travelling from Keleti station in Budapest.

    Hungarian policemen detain migrants at the railway station in the town of Bicske, Hungary - 3 September 2015
    Hungarian policemen detain migrants at the railway station in the town of Bicske, Hungary - 3 September 2015
    Hungarian policemen detain migrants at the railway station in the town of Bicske, Hungary - 3 September 2015
  52. Father 'tried to save family'

    BBC Radio 5 live earlier spoke to Canadian journalist Terry Glavin who interviewed the aunt of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi. Photos of the boy, who drowned along with his five-year-old brother and their mother, have provoked an outcry over the human cost of the crisis.

    Mr Glavin said the boy's father, who was also in the boat that sank, had desperately tried to save his family.

    "He made it, but his wife didn't," he said.

    "There's a terrible story he told about swimming from one to the other, finding one [son] who seemed to be alright and then going to another, finding him drowned... and then going back to the first boy and finding him drowned."

  53. 'Unforgivable if Europe splits' over crisis

    European Council President Donald Tusk has been speaking in Brussels today as European officials meet to discuss the migrant crisis.

    He said it would be "unforgivable if Europe splits into advocates of containment symbolised by the Hungarian fence and advocates of full openness".

    "Fair distribution of at least 100,000 refugees among the EU states is what we need today," he added.

    "If leaders do not demonstrate good will, solidarity will become an empty slogan and will be replaced by political blackmail, divisions and a new blame game."

  54. Latest figures on Mediterranean route

    Data image
  55. Migrants 'taken to camp in Hungary'

    There is more information emerging about the train carrying migrants in Hungary that has come to a stop at a station in Bicske, a town about 40km (25 miles) west of Budapest.

    State news agency MTI says the migrants are being taken off the train and put on buses to a nearby refugee camp.

    The AFP news agency estimates that there were about 200-300 migrants on board the train.

  56. Migrants 'taken off train'

    Following news that one train left Keleti station in Budapest earlier, we're now hearing that it has stopped in the town of Bicske and migrants are being told to disembark. 

    Palko Karasz, a journalist with the New York Times, said riot police have been deployed on the platform at the station. 

    The Reuters news agency reported that the migrants banged on the windows and shouted "No camp, no camp". 

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  57. 'Any train in sight'

    Migrants at Keleti train station

    Canadian tourist Phil Todoroff was in Budapest this morning and sent this photo of the situation at Keleti train station in Hungary's capital.

    He said: "People were boarding any train that was in sight, not knowing where they were going."

  58. 'Urgent action required'

    French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is one of the few political leaders in Europe who has given his reaction to images of a boy's body that washed up on a beach in Turkey yesterday.

    He posted on Twitter this morning - including one of the distressing images - saying: "He had a name: Alyan Kurdi. Urgent action required. A Europe-wide mobilisation is urgent."

    The image he chose was the same chosen by the BBC, in which the three-year-old is being carried by a Turkish police officer and is unidentifiable. You can read about the international outcry over the images here.

  59. Increasing numbers fleeing Syria

    Imogen Foulkes

    BBC News, Geneva

    The latest UN report into war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria has just been published. It documents ongoing acts of brutality against civilians, and increasing numbers of people fleeing.

    In a clear message to Europe the chair of the inquiry team, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, said: "We must do more for the victims of this conflict who have been forced to flee their homes and to seek protection and refuge under the direst of circumstances.

    "It is imperative for the world community to act with humanity and compassion by developing legal channels of migration that increases the protection space for asylum seekers and refugees."

  60. Should UK accept more asylum seekers?

    A petition calling on the UK to "accept more asylum seekers and increase support for refugee migrants in the UK" has gathered more than the 100,000 signatures needed for parliament to consider the topic for debate.

    Yesterday, Prime Minister David Cameron said taking more people was not the answer - but the petition says the UK "is not offering proportional asylum in comparison with European counterparts".

    Our colleagues in the BBC News Graphics team have taken a look at the key numbers behind the crisis, including this breakdown of the number of asylum applications being received by European countries.

    Graph showing the number of asylum applications being received by European countries
  61. Hungary 'migrants train departs'

    A train full of migrants has left Hungary's Keleti station, according to reports. The Reuters news agency says it is bound for Sopron near the Austrian border.

    Earlier, authorities opened the station to migrants after a two-day standoff but said trains to Western Europe would be suspended "indefinitely".

    A message on an announcement board said international tickets would be accepted on internal trains.

    Migrants board trains in Keleti station
  62. Hungary plans 'physical barrier'

    A Hungarian soldier adjusts razor wire on a fence on the border with Serbia, in Asotthalom, Hungary - 31 August 2015

    Hungarian PM Viktor Orban says his country should have in place by 15 September a new package of measures to stop the influx of migrants.

    He says the country would set up a "physical barrier" so that Hungary would be "in the driving seat to control the border" of the EU passport-free Schengen zone.

    The country has already put up a 175km (110-mile) fence along its border with Serbia.

    Asked at the news conference earlier whether migrants gathered at the Budapest railway station would be allowed to continue their journeys, Mr Orban insisted they would have to first obtain the proper papers.

  63. Migrants try to avoid 'mafia'

    A message reading "Right to travel for all!" that was written on a train carrying migrants into Hungary - 2 September 2015
  64. Europe 'egoism'

    In his news conference with the Hungarian PM, European Parliament President Martin Schulz said there was "egoism" on show over the migrant crisis instead of a common European approach, the BBC's Chris Morris in Brussels reports.

    Mr Schulz said: "We need a European solution, a common European solution. I believe that this crisis needs European solutions and I also think that Hungary would be better off using the European approach and not a national approach."

  65. 'Western leaders behind Syria crisis'

    Jeremy Bowen, the BBC's Middle East Editor, has been speaking to Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Makdad this morning. 

    He blamed the conflict in Syria on Western leaders, whom he accused of supporting terrorism in the country. 

    Syrians fleeing the conflict make up the largest group of migrants trying to reach Europe.

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  66. Boy's family 'had failed Canada asylum bid'

    It has emerged this morning that the family a dead toddler, whose image sparked an international outcry, had apparently applied for asylum in Canada before attempting the tragic journey - but their application was turned down.

    His aunt, who lives in Vancouver, told Canada's National Post newspaper that she had been trying to help them leave the Middle East.

    The boy is reported to be three-year-old Aylan Kurdi from Syria, whose family left the besieged town of Kobane last year to flee the advance of the Islamic State group.

    The BBC has chosen to publish only one photograph of Aylan, in which he is being carried by a Turkish police officer and is unidentifiable. However, several news organisations have published more graphic images of the boy.

  67. 'It's a German problem'

    President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz (right) welcomes Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban prior to a meeting at European Parliament in Brussels - 3 September 2015

    More on that brief news conference with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (left) and European Parliament President Martin Schulz.

    Mr Orban told reporters: "The problem is not a European problem. The problem is a German problem."

    "Nobody would like to stay in Hungary, neither in Slovakia nor Poland nor Estonia. All of them would like to go to Germany."

  68. 'EU divide between east and west'

    European Council President Donald Tusk has warned that divisions between western member states of the EU and their newer eastern partners are complicating efforts to solve the crisis, AFP reports.

    "There is a divide... between the east and the west of the EU. Some member states are thinking about containing the wave of migration, symbolised by the Hungarian [border] fence," the news agency quoted him as saying.

  69. Bulgaria arrests

    Elsewhere in Europe, Bulgarian authorities arrested 125 people on Wednesday night for illegally crossing into the country after raids in the capital Sofia.

    Georgi Kostov, secretary general of the interior ministry, said the migrants would be transferred to reception centres and officials will decide whether to grant refugee status.

    Some 16,000 migrants have entered Bulgaria so far this year, local media quote officials as saying.

    Map of Sofia in Bulgaria
  70. Hungary 'doing its duty'

    Hungary's anti-immigration Prime Minister Viktor Orban has just been speaking at a news conference in Brussels. Here's what he said as he arrived:

    "Hungarians are full of fear. Europeans are full of fear. They see that European leaders are unable to control the situation."

    He added: "Don't criticise Hungary for doing what has to be done."

  71. Chaos at Budapest train station

    Migrants storm into a train at the Keleti train station in Budapest, Hungary - 3 September 2015

    There have been chaotic scenes at the main railway station in Hungary's capital, Budapest, this morning after its doors were opened to hundreds of migrants following a two-day stand-off.

    But although police abandoned their positions outside Keleti station, a public announcement said trains to Western Europe had been suspended "indefinitely".

    The station was shut to migrants on Tuesday, despite many having valid tickets to travel to Austria and Germany, which is the preferred destination for many.

  72. Post update

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