Migrants walk on a dirt road after crossing the Macedonian-Greek border near Gevgelija, Macedonia. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov
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Austria said Sunday it planned to phase out emergency measures that have allowed thousands of refugees stranded against their will for days in Hungary to stream into Austria and Germany since Saturday morning, as the Pope urged each European parish to take in a refugee family. Many are fleeing war in the Middle East and hope to take refuge in Germany, Europe's richest country, but the EU is divided over how to cope with the influx which has provoked both sympathy and anti-Muslim resentment among Europeans. Hungary laid on over 100 buses to the border Saturday night after Austria said it had agreed steps with Germany to waive the normal rules requiring refugees to apply for asylum wherever they enter the EU.Germany has said it expects 800,000 refugees and migrants this year and urged EU members to open their doors.Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila said over the weekend that he is opening up his spare house to refugees.Israel's prime minister said his country is not indifferent to the plight of migrants and refugees flooding Europe, but that Israel is too vulnerable to absorb them.
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