Thousands of asylum-seekers defied heavy rain and tightened border controls to cross into the Balkans on Monday, as angry protesters massed in Germany's Dresden to mark the anniversary of the anti-migrant PEGIDA movement.

An unprecedented number of people, mainly fleeing conflict in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, are travelling through Turkey, Greece and the western Balkans, seeking new lives in Germany and other EU states.

Tensions have built along the migrant trail after Hungary shut its key borders with razor wire -- diverting the flow west to Slovenia, which in turn has also limited arrivals, along with Croatia.

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