BUDAPEST, September 5 -- Thousands of exhausted refugees have streamed into Austria after being bussed to the border by the Hungarian government, which gave up trying to stop them under pressure from the sheer numbers reaching its frontiers.
About 4,000 refugees have arrived in Austria so far, the country's interior ministry said, and the number is expected to reach 10,000 throughout Saturday. In a separate statement, German police said officials were expecting up to 10,000 refugees during the day.
After days of confrontation and chaos, Hungary's right-wing government deployed dozens of buses to take refugees, largely from Syria, from Budapest and pick up over 1,000 who had set off doggedly by foot on Friday down the main highway to Vienna.
Austria said it had agreed with Germany that it would allow the refugees access, waiving the rules of an asylum system brought to breaking point by Europe's worst refugee crisis since the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s.