Posted: 01 Sep 2015 09:08 AM PDT
Desperate migrants are proving they are willing to do anything to reach western Europe. A man was found crammed into a compartment next to the engine of a car trying to cross into the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. Guardia Civil border police discovered him crammed between the engine block and radiator after noticing that the driver of the car appeared nervous.He was taken to hospital suffering from the effects of the intense heat and petrol fumes and doctors said he could have died if he had been there much longer. Several say they spent hundreds of euros on tickets after police told them they would be allowed free passage.
Hassan, a 47-year-old Syrian, said he and two friends had each bought tickets to Germany for a total of 375 euros.
'They took 125 euros for each ticket to Munich or Berlin, then they stopped and forced us from the station,' he said.
Marah, a 20-year-old woman from Aleppo, Syria, who travelled with her family, said they had bought six tickets for a RailJet train that was scheduled to leave for Vienna at 9am on Tuesday.
'They should find a solution,' she said. 'We are thousands here, where should we go?'
When asked why the station was closed, government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said Hungary was trying to enforce EU law, which requires anyone who wishes to travel within Europe to hold a valid passport and a Schengen visa.Hungarian and Austrian authorities allowed trainloads of undocumented migrants to reach Germany on Monday. Czech police said they had detained 214 mostly Syrian migrants headed for Germany on overnight trains from Vienna and Budapest.