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year ago, scenes like these on the Austrian-Hungary border came to symbolize the massive uncontrolled exodus of refugees from the Middle East into Europe. Fast forward and the situation is largely under control, but the fear of migrants remains, leaving many Hungarians and Austrians on edge. It could shake the outcome of two votes on October 2nd, when Austria elects the President that could see a far right candidate rise to power.
And Hungary holds a referendum on whether to accept mandatory European Union quotas for resettling migrants. Europe's special correspondent Noah Barkin says these votes highlight the deep divisions within Europe.>> There's an East-West divide on whether to accept refugees. There's a North-South divide economically, and there's a divide within many countries, a political divide.
We saw that during the Brexit vote in Britain back in June, we're likely to see this divide in the Austrian presidential vote on October 2nd. And we may very well see it in the looming elections elsewhere in Europe in 2017, in the Netherlands, in France and in Germany.
>> Concerns over refugees could work in favor of far right candidate Norbert Hofer in Austria's election run-off. His Freedom Party promotes a very restrictive immigration policy, that message appealing particularly to people living in border communities. Those fears also playing out in Hungary, where a rejection of quotas could have wider repercussions within the EU.
>> This referendum will send a very strong signal also to those other countries within Europe who don't want to accept refugees. The message to them will be, you can resist pressure from Brussels to accept them.>> As thousands of refugees and migrants continue to trudge though Europe in hope of a better life, the rise of anti-immigrant parties is also on the march across the continent.