Germany and Austria welcome refugees

Germany and Austria have welcomed thousands of refugees. People applauded the new arrivals and gave them water, food and clothes. Children handed out sweets to the refugee children. It was the end of a long journey for the refugees. It started in their troubled home countries and ended with a long walk through Hungary. Germany's railway company is adding extra carriages to its trains to help more refugees.

The United Nations praised Austria and Germany for helping the refugees. It said: "This is…based on humanitarian values." Germany will welcome all refugees from Syria. Leader Angela Merkel said: "As a strong, economically healthy country, we have the strength to do what is necessary." Germany thinks around 800,000 Syrians will arrive this year. One refugee said life in Germany would be better, but he worried about his family and young children still in Syria.