In search of a better life: Pakistani migrant dies in Hungary

Published: September 4, 2015
Hungarian police officers stand next to migrants at the Bicske railway station in Bicske, Hungary, September 4, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

Hungarian police officers stand next to migrants at the Bicske railway station in Bicske, Hungary, September 4, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

BUDAPEST: A Pakistani man died in Hungary on Friday after he fell and hit his head on the tracks while escaping from a police cordon at a train station in Hungary.

The 51-year-old Pakistani was found lying close to the railway track by emergency workers who tried to revive him for 50 minutes, the official MTI news agency said.

“A 51-year-old man has died in Bicske after ambulance staff were unable to resuscitate him,” Pal Gyorfi, a spokesperson for Hungary’s National Ambulance Service, told MTI.

A police spokesperson later confirmed to reporters that the man was Pakistani.

A statement on the police website said that the as yet unidentified man was among the 350 migrants who broke out from the train Friday afternoon, and he fell about 800 metres away from the train. Police said that they did not pursue the breakaway group.

State television said he had stumbled and hit his head as he ran down train tracks, however the police said that the cause of death was not immediately clear.

Hungary has emerged as the main entry point for migrants reaching the EU by land across the Balkan peninsula, nearly all of them seeking to press on to richer and more generous countries further north and west, especially Germany.

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Migrants in Hungary, many of them Syrian refugees, broke out of a border camp, fled from a stranded train and struck out on foot for western Europe on Friday as a crackdown by the country’s right-wing government faltered in the face of overwhelming numbers.

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In chaotic scenes, hundreds chanting “Germany, Germany” streamed down the main highway from Budapest to Vienna; others sprinted down railway tracks, escaping a packed train held back by police for two days, while in the south they broke down barriers and wrestled with helmeted riot officers at an overcrowded border camp near Serbia.

The chaos contrasted with a vow by Prime Minister Viktor Orban to get to grips with Europe’s worst migrant crisis since the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s; parliament tightened laws that his government said would effectively seal Hungary’s southern border to migrants as of September 15.

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Orban hailed “a different era”, but Friday brought more desperate scenes in a crisis that has left Europe groping for unity.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Pakistani refugee in EU
    Sep 5, 2015 - 12:32AM

    In search of better life?
    Running from persecution?
    Do some serious research.
    Journalism is not just printing HEADING.

  • Sep 5, 2015 - 12:39AM

    Why he left Pakistan Recommend

  • Someone
    Sep 5, 2015 - 1:02AM

    Mostly Afghans on Pakistani passports. Having a Pakistani passport doesn’t make an Afghan a Pakistani.Recommend

  • Umair
    Sep 5, 2015 - 1:05AM

    It’s a better life anywhere outside Paksitan. Even the muslims are running away forget about the beaten and abused minoritiesRecommend

  • tattu mian
    Sep 5, 2015 - 1:34AM

    his story deserves to be known.
    some journalist should research on what propelled him to leave Pakistan and risk his life to go to europe.
    he is more than a “51-year-old Pakistani”.Recommend

  • Vivek
    Sep 5, 2015 - 5:11AM

    Can you find any Indians in the refugee bunch ?Recommend

  • Albany
    Sep 5, 2015 - 8:53AM

    He was not a refugee but an economic migrant bringing bad name to pakistan.Recommend

  • Another Indian
    Sep 5, 2015 - 9:15AM

    @Vivek.. the right question would be.. can yo find any Indian Muslim in the refugee bunch?Recommend

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