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Photos: Hundreds of migrants and refugees wait in limbo at Hungarian border

A PBS NewsHour crew reports from the Hungarian border this week, as the flood of migrants and refugees into Europe continues to overwhelm processing centers and makeshift camps. A fence erected by the Hungarian government is being built to keep refugees and migrants out — a stark contrast to the response of other European nations, which are debating how and whether to let more people in.

Correspondent William Brangham, and producers Saskia de Melker and Jon Gerberg posted these photos on Instagram, from a makeshift camp where hundreds wait in limbo.

This refugee family joined a larger group of migrants who broke through police barriers in the field where they were being kept in Roszke, Hungary, on the Serbian border. After breaking past the police, the migrants ran on foot heading north across Hungary with hopes of reaching western European countries. Photo by Saskia de Melker.

This refugee family joined a larger group of migrants who broke through police barriers in the field where they were being kept in Roszke, Hungary, on the Serbian border. After breaking past the police, the migrants ran on foot heading north across Hungary with hopes of reaching western European countries. Photo by Saskia de Melker/NewsHour

This overflow refugee camp outside of Roszke, Hungary -- a huge sprawling field -- has become "home" to the hundreds of refugees who can't fit into the "official" camp a 1/2 mile away. A thick phalanx of Hungarian police box the crowd in. Several hundred people broke free of the police on Monday Tuesday to walk to Budapestm but were reportedly caught and bussed back. Photo by William Brangham.

This overflow refugee camp outside of Roszke, Hungary — a huge sprawling field — has become “home” to the hundreds of refugees who can’t fit into the “official” camp a 1/2 mile away. A thick phalanx of Hungarian police box the crowd in. Several hundred people broke free of the police on earlier this week to walk to Budapest, but were reportedly caught and bused back. Photo by William Brangham/NewsHour

A Syrian boy looks out a bus window as he leaves with his family from the overcrowded field in Roszke, Hungary, to another processing center. People waited in line for hours for these few buses to come. When people got fed up, huge numbers broke through police lines to escape into nearby cornfields earlier today. Even as these people left, more migrants continued to pour over the border from Serbia, just a few hundred yards away. Reportedly, as crowds continued to swell this evening and more tried to leave, Hungarian police pepper-sprayed the migrants to force them to stop. Photo by William Brangham

A Syrian boy looks out a bus window as he leaves with his family from the overcrowded field in Roszke, Hungary, to another processing center. People waited in line for hours for these few buses to come. When people got fed up, huge numbers broke through police lines to escape into nearby cornfields earlier today. Even as these people left, more migrants continued to pour over the border from Serbia, just a few hundred yards away. Reportedly, as crowds continued to swell this evening and more tried to leave, Hungarian police pepper-sprayed the migrants to force them to stop. Photo by William Brangham/NewsHour

Jon: Naptime in a makeshift tent camp in Roszke, #Hungary, where hundreds of #migrants and #refugees have been stuck outside of a gated reception center on the Serbian border. Check out our full coverage on tonight's @newshour

Naptime in a makeshift tent camp in Roszke, Hungary, where hundreds of migrants and refugees have been stuck outside of a gated reception center on the Serbian border. Photo by Jon Gerberg/NewsHour

Just over the border from Serbia, a Syrian family crosses into Hungary along the train tracks in Roszke, Hungary. Over 15,000 refugees and migrants have crossed this border into Europe since last weekend -- many clashing with Hungarian authorities. Photo by Jon Gerberg

Just over the border from Serbia, a Syrian family crosses into Hungary along the train tracks in Roszke, Hungary. Over 15,000 refugees and migrants have crossed this border into Europe since last weekend — many clashing with Hungarian authorities. Photo by Jon Gerberg/NewsHour

Here, refugees and migrants in an impromptu holding area wait for those coming across the Serbian border into Hungary, and for buses to take them to official registration centers located across the country. Photo by Saskia de Melker.

Here, refugees and migrants in an impromptu holding area wait for those coming across the Serbian border into Hungary, and for buses to take them to official registration centers located across the country. Photo by Saskia de Melker/NewsHour

This is a Red Cross migrant shelter on the Austria-Hungary border. Thousands took refuge here this past weekend before crossing and continuing west. Only a handful are left. It's unclear if and how many more will be able to make it this far in the days and weeks ahead. Photo by Saskia de Melker.

This is a Red Cross migrant shelter on the Austria-Hungary border. Thousands took refuge here this past weekend before crossing and continuing west. Only a handful are left. It’s unclear if and how many more will be able to make it this far in the days and weeks ahead. Photo by Saskia de Melker/NewsHour

A Red Cross worker stands at the Austria-Hungary border, awaiting the arrival of more refugees. Photo by Jon GerbergNewsHour

A Red Cross worker stands at the Austria-Hungary border, awaiting the arrival of more refugees. Photo by Jon Gerberg/NewsHour

Jon: "In memory of the victims of the Szegeb #Jewish community." The plaque at this #WWII memorial statue commemorates the 6,000 Jews lost in this city on the #Hungary-#Serbia border during the #war. The statue shows a #Catholic bishop raising his hands in despair as a rabbi falls from his boat. #history #religion #holocaust #compassion

“In memory of the victims of the Szegeb #Jewish community.” The plaque at this WWII memorial statue commemorates the 6,000 Jews lost in this city on the Hungary-Serbia border during the war. The statue shows a Catholic bishop raising his hands in despair as a rabbi falls from his boat. Photo by Jon Gerberg/NewsHour

PBS NewsHour will have more from the crew at the Hungary-Serbia border on tonight’s show.

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