Hundreds of thousands of migrants, many fleeing Syria's civil war, take a Balkan route from Greece to western Europe, raising fears of new tensions and divisions. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
A rescue off Lesbos Island in Greece after the deadliest shipwreck since migrants began pouring in Europe. From the start of the year until late October at least 435 people have drowned in the Aegean trying to reach Greece. And they keep coming. Some apparently broken but undeterred by the journey. Others filled with hope. In Austria it is a waiting game. Migrants are given clothes to brave the cold. But one Syrian refugee says it's no solution (SOUNDBITE) (English) MIGRANT FROM SYRIA, SHARAFUDEN, SAYING: "The weather is so cold and the people is too much. Too many people are coming to this area." In Croatia the first train arrives at a newly built reception center in the east. More trains are expected. Some 4,000 people are expected to pour into the country each day. The vast majority are expected to immediately resume their journey taking them west towards Slovenia. Hundreds of thousands of migrants, many of them fleeing Syria's civil war, have taken the Balkan route from Greece to western Europe this year. Now there are fears it could threaten to reignite conflicts between former Yugoslav republics. More than 100,000 people were killed and up to four million were displaced during the violent breakup of Yugoslavia during the 1990s, the last migrant crisis to shake Europe.