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Here's How The Refugees Were Welcomed When They Reached Germany And Austria

Lots of smiles.

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Thousands of refugees, who have tried for days to reach Germany but were blocked by Hungarian officials from leaving Budapest by rail, finally made it to Munich on Saturday -- where they were met with cheers and applause from locals.

Germans at Munich railway station applauding refugees arrive - great atmosphere.

After Hungarian officials eventually relented and bussed thousands to the Austrian border, special trains were chartered to offer refugees who wanted to continue to Germany the chance to travel to Munich.

"Welcome to Germany" - People applaud & greet migrants as they arrive in Munich


Some of the refugees in Austria held signs thanking locals for their warm welcome.

Organizations have popped up around Europe to help house Syrians.

One organization, called Welcome Refugees, matches European volunteers with Syrian immigrants as roommates.

Though some of the migrants plan to stay in Germany and Austria, others plan to move on to other parts of Europe, such as Sweden and Denmark.

Ema O'Connor is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.

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