Stunning Pictures Show Thousands Of Migrants Walking To Germany

Battling strong winds, driving rain, mud and freezing temperatures, these stunning photographs show a slow trek of thousands of migrants making their way to Europe amid the harsh conditions of the oncoming winter.

As European leaders squabble about how best to deal with its mounting refugee crisis, tens of thousands of people are continuing to try and reach the Eurozone via the Balkans route.

And as these pictures show, they are prepared to do so despite often overwhelmingly difficult conditions.

As winter approaches, many migrants are forced to wait in freezing temperatures, driving rain and howling winds

Slovenia’s premier has now warned the European Union faces collapse if the bloc cannot agree on a plan to confront the sudden influx of refugees through the Balkans.

Nine days after Hungary’s move to seal its southern border drove unprecedented migrant flows into tiny Slovenia, Prime Minister Miro Cerar sent out a dramatic call to fellow central and eastern leaders in Brussels for emergency talks.

He said: ‘If we don’t find a solution today, if we don’t do everything we can today, then it is the end of the European Union as such. If we don’t deliver concrete action, I believe Europe will start falling apart.’

Since October 17, more than 62,000 migrants have arrived in Slovenia, with some 14,000 still passing through the country on today alone.

Solvenia’s premier has complained about the country’s influx of migrants triggered by its neighbour Hungary’s construction of a barrier

Cerar said Croatia, which has already seen some 230,000 migrants pass through since mid-September, was still waiving migrants through into Slovenia without alerting Slovenia authorities.

More than 680,000 migrants and refugees have crossed to Europe by sea so far this year from the Middle East, Africa and Asia, according to the International Organization for Migration.

Following years of economic crisis, Europe’s governments are struggling to cope with an influx of people from countries including Syria, where Russia’s intervention has complicated efforts to end nearly five years of civil war.

A young girl looks at the photographer from inside the column of migrants, which was pictured marching through fields in Slovenia

In an interview published earlier today in German newspaper Bild, Juncker urged countries to stop handing on migrants to neighbouring states in chaotic conditions.

‘The European Commission expects everyone to obey the rules of the game if we don’t want to put Schengen at risk,’ Juncker said.

With winter looming, Amnesty International on Saturday warned of a humanitarian disaster if migrants are stranded at borders.

Turkey, the starting point for most of the migrants, was absent from the meeting but was on leaders’ minds, with officials viewing its help as crucial in stemming the influx to Europe.

‘It is very, very important that the European Commission continues to speak with Turkey on the migrant crisis agenda,’ said Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel, who came back from a trip to Turkey this month vowing to push forward the country’s long-stalled EU membership bid.

Turkey is pressing the EU for funds, visa-free travel, accelerated membership talks and resumed participation in EU summits in return for cooperation in stemming the refugee flow.

Miro Cerar, Slovenia’s Prime Minister, claims Croatia was waiving migrants through into his country without warning local authorities

Source: Aktuelle Nachrichten - Bild.de

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