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Hungary railway station still closed to migrants, thousands waiting to go to Germany

  • Migrants rest near the Keleti Railway Station in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, after police stopped them from getting on trains to Germany. Over 150,000 migrants have reached Hungary this year, most coming through the southern border with Serbia. Many apply for asylum but quickly try to leave for richer EU countries. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

    Migrants rest near the Keleti Railway Station in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, after police stopped them from getting on trains to Germany. Over 150,000 migrants have reached Hungary this year, most coming through the southern border with Serbia. Many apply for asylum but quickly try to leave for richer EU countries. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)  (The Associated Press)

  • A young man sleeps in a window as migrants rest near the Keleti Railway Station in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, after police stopped them from getting on trains to Germany. Over 150,000 migrants have reached Hungary this year, most coming through the southern border with Serbia. Many apply for asylum but quickly try to leave for richer EU countries. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

    A young man sleeps in a window as migrants rest near the Keleti Railway Station in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, after police stopped them from getting on trains to Germany. Over 150,000 migrants have reached Hungary this year, most coming through the southern border with Serbia. Many apply for asylum but quickly try to leave for richer EU countries. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)  (The Associated Press)

  • Norwegian Coast Guard nurse Bibbi Misje talks with a migrant on the bridge of the Norwegian Siem Pilot ship, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. The Siem Pilot is carrying to the Italian Port of Cagliari hundreds of migrants rescued in several operations in the Mediterranean sea. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Norwegian Coast Guard nurse Bibbi Misje talks with a migrant on the bridge of the Norwegian Siem Pilot ship, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. The Siem Pilot is carrying to the Italian Port of Cagliari hundreds of migrants rescued in several operations in the Mediterranean sea. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

Thousands of migrants remain stranded at Budapest's main international railway station as Hungarian authorities are sticking to European Union rules and preventing them from leaving for Germany and other countries west.

Around 3,000 migrants were at the Keleti station in the Hungarian capital early Wednesday, many sleeping outside the main entrance guarded by police, who said citizen patrols were now assisting them in keeping order.

Volunteer groups accustomed to providing food, clothing and medical assistance to a few hundred migrants at a time struggled with the large number of people staying in every corner of the station's sunken plaza.

More than 150,000 migrants have reached Hungary this year, most coming through the southern border with Serbia. Many apply for asylum but quickly try to leave for richer EU countries.