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Thousands of refugees, migrants arrive by train and bus in cities across Germany

  • Refugees show the victory sign behind a bus window as they leave the train station in Saalfeld, central Germany, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. Hundreds of refugees arrived to Saalfeld in a train from Munich to be transported by busses to an accomodation centre. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

    Refugees show the victory sign behind a bus window as they leave the train station in Saalfeld, central Germany, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. Hundreds of refugees arrived to Saalfeld in a train from Munich to be transported by busses to an accomodation centre. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)  (The Associated Press)

  • Am man holds a cardboard with a 'Welcome' slogan during the arrival of refugees at the train station in Saalfeld, central Germany, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. Hundreds of refugees arrived in a train from Munich to be transported by busses to an accomodation centre. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

    Am man holds a cardboard with a 'Welcome' slogan during the arrival of refugees at the train station in Saalfeld, central Germany, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. Hundreds of refugees arrived in a train from Munich to be transported by busses to an accomodation centre. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)  (The Associated Press)

  • Refugees arrive at the train station in Saalfeld, central Germany, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. Hundreds of refugees arrived in a train from Munich to be transported by busses to an accomodation centre. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

    Refugees arrive at the train station in Saalfeld, central Germany, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. Hundreds of refugees arrived in a train from Munich to be transported by busses to an accomodation centre. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)  (The Associated Press)

Thousands of migrants and refugees have arrived by train and bus in cities across Germany overnight.

Police say a special train with 570 people on board arrived in the Thuringian town of Saalfeld late Saturday. More than half of them were taken onward to Dresden, where a school for German army officers has been cleared to provide temporary shelter for 350 newcomers.

Trains also took migrants to Hamburg in the north and Dortmund in the west of the country, while buses brought more than 300 people to the capital Berlin.

Thousands more people, mainly Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans fleeing war and persecution, are expected to arrive in Germany and Austria from Hungary on Sunday.

The refugees were allowed to leave Hungary Saturday after the country opened its borders with Austria.