Well-wishers applaud and hold up signs welcoming migrants as Syrian families disembark a train. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
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Having braved dangerous journeys to escape war, refugees from Syria and other conflict zones were stunned to receive a hero's welcome as they arrived in Germany over the weekend. In crowded train stations, hundreds of well-wishers cheered the often baffled newcomers, waving "welcome" signs as the migrants got out of packed trains in Munich, Frankfurt and other German cities.From the train station of the Bavarian state capital, the refugees have been taken by bus or local train to temporary shelters, including a school, a tennis center and two halls of the Munich congress center, which has room to house about 1,000 people.Germany, Europe's biggest economy, has taken in by far the EU's largest numbers of refugees amid the biggest refugee crisis since World War II.Lara Sabbagh, a volunteer for an organization called Kleeblatt based near Frankfurt, acted as a translator for some of the Syrian refugees.
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