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. Crowds of people holding balloons and snapping smartphone pictures gave them water, food and children's toys as the record influx has sparked an unprecedented volunteer response.
"Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here," chanted people at Frankfurt's railway station overnight, as trains arrived with refugees who had travelled from Hungary through Austria. Arriving on another train, two boys, perhaps seven or eight years old, pushed out their chests like football stars and beamed smiles as they traversed the throng of applauding people.
In Munich's railway station hall, large tables offered clothes and food to the new arrivals, staffed by some 90 helpers including several Arabic speakers working four hour shifts. "We have more than 1,000 volunteers who have signed up on lists and online and are ready to help," said one of them.
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 centre and two halls of the Munich congress centre, 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.


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