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In this Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 photo, a Syrian refugee boy sleeps on a roadside next to his mother, after arriving on a dinghy from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos. Tens of thousands of people trying to escape conflict and poverty in places like Syria and Afghanistan have been making their way across Europe this summer and fall, embarking on grueling journeys that typically start with a short boat trip from Turkey to Greece, then continue north and west on foot and by bus and train. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 photo, a Syrian migrant who lost one of his legs below the knee in a Syrian government bombing and badly injuring the other, rests on the ground on a roadside, an hour after arriving on a dinghy from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos. Tens of thousands of people trying to escape conflict and poverty in places like Syria and Afghanistan have been making their way across Europe this summer and fall, embarking on grueling journeys that typically start with a short boat trip from Turkey to Greece, then continue north and west on foot and by bus and train. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 photo, an Afghan woman lies on the ground after collapsing as she and other migrants arrived on a dinghy from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos. Tens of thousands of people trying to escape conflict and poverty in places like Syria and Afghanistan have been making their way across Europe this summer and fall, embarking on grueling journeys that typically start with a short boat trip from Turkey to Greece, then continue north and west on foot and by bus and train. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 photo, a Syrian woman sits on the ground next to her child wrapped with thermal blanket to shelter from the cold, shortly after arriving on a dinghy from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos. Tens of thousands of people trying to escape conflict and poverty in places like Syria and Afghanistan have been making their way across Europe this summer and fall, embarking on grueling journeys that typically start with a short boat trip from Turkey to Greece, then continue north and west on foot and by bus and train. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 photo, a Syrian man, wrapped with a plastic sheet to shelter from the rain, rests on the ground of a bridge after he and other migrants spent the night waiting for their registration and transport by German police to a refugee shelter in Freilassing, Germany. Tens of thousands of people trying to escape conflict and poverty in places like Syria and Afghanistan have been making their way across Europe this summer and fall, embarking on grueling journeys that typically start with a short boat trip from Turkey to Greece, then continue north and west on foot and by bus and train. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015 photo, Afghan refugee Rasoul Nazari, 15, holds his 10-month-old nephew Imran after crossing the border between Hungary and Austria in Nickelsdorf, Austria. Tens of thousands of people trying to escape conflict and poverty in places like Syria and Afghanistan have been making their way across Europe this summer and fall, embarking on grueling journeys that typically start with a short boat trip from Turkey to Greece, then continue north and west on foot and by bus and train. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015 photo, Iraqi refugees gather around a fire to shelter from the evening cold while waiting at the train station in Tovarnik, Croatia. Tens of thousands of people trying to escape conflict and poverty in places like Syria and Afghanistan have been making their way across Europe this summer and fall, embarking on grueling journeys that typically start with a short boat trip from Turkey to Greece, then continue north and west on foot and by bus and train. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 photo, a child sleeps on the ground by the railway while she and other migrants wait for the train to arrive at the station in Tovarnik, Croatia. Tens of thousands of people trying to escape conflict and poverty in places like Syria and Afghanistan have been making their way across Europe this summer and fall, embarking on grueling journeys that typically start with a short boat trip from Turkey to Greece, then continue north and west on foot and by bus and train. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 photo, migrants from Syria and Iraq rest on a roadside while hoping to board a bus in Tovarnik, Croatia. Tens of thousands of people trying to escape conflict and poverty in places like Syria and Afghanistan have been making their way across Europe this summer and fall, embarking on grueling journeys that typically start with a short boat trip from Turkey to Greece, then continue north and west on foot and by bus and train. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 photo, Afghan refugees sleep next to razor-wire barrier at the Serbian side of Hungary's border fence with Serbia, in Asotthalom, southern Hungary. Tens of thousands of people trying to escape conflict and poverty in places like Syria and Afghanistan have been making their way across Europe this summer and fall, embarking on grueling journeys that typically start with a short boat trip from Turkey to Greece, then continue north and west on foot and by bus and train. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015 photo, an elderly Afghan refugee rests on the ground of a field while she and others being detained by Hungarian police on horses for sneaking through Hungary's border fence with Serbia, in Asotthalom, southern Hungary. Tens of thousands of people trying to escape conflict and poverty in places like Syria and Afghanistan have been making their way across Europe this summer and fall, embarking on grueling journeys that typically start with a short boat trip from Turkey to Greece, then continue north and west on foot and by bus and train. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 photo, migrants sleep while waiting in a bus before being taken by Hungarian police to board a train to the Austrian border, in Roszke, southern Hungary. Tens of thousands of people trying to escape conflict and poverty in places like Syria and Afghanistan have been making their way across Europe this summer and fall, embarking on grueling journeys that typically start with a short boat trip from Turkey to Greece, then continue north and west on foot and by bus and train. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 photo, a Syrian woman and her daughter, right, sleep while waiting in a bus before being taken by Hungarian police to board a train to the Austrian border, in Roszke, southern Hungary. Tens of thousands of people trying to escape conflict and poverty in places like Syria and Afghanistan have been making their way across Europe this summer and fall, embarking on grueling journeys that typically start with a short boat trip from Turkey to Greece, then continue north and west on foot and by bus and train. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015 photo, Afghan refugee Nafeesah, 53, from Herat, Afghanistan, is helped by her son, daughter and a volunteering doctor, after collapsing while crossing the border between Serbia and Hungary in Roszke, southern Hungary. Tens of thousands of people trying to escape conflict and poverty in places like Syria and Afghanistan have been making their way across Europe this summer and fall, embarking on grueling journeys that typically start with a short boat trip from Turkey to Greece, then continue north and west on foot and by bus and train. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015 photo, Syrian people sleep inside a greenhouse at a makeshift camp for asylum seekers near Roszke, southern Hungary. Tens of thousands of people trying to escape conflict and poverty in places like Syria and Afghanistan have been making their way across Europe this summer and fall, embarking on grueling journeys that typically start with a short boat trip from Turkey to Greece, then continue north and west on foot and by bus and train. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 photo, Bara'ah Alhammadi, 10, a Syrian migrant, is carried on the back of her father as they make their way along a railway track after crossing the Serbian-Hungarian border near Roszke, southern Hungary. Tens of thousands of people trying to escape conflict and poverty in places like Syria and Afghanistan have been making their way across Europe this summer and fall, embarking on grueling journeys that typically start with a short boat trip from Turkey to Greece, then continue north and west on foot and by bus and train. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
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Tens of thousands of people trying to escape conflict and poverty in places like Syria and Afghanistan have been making their way across Europe this summer and fall, embarking on grueling journeys that typically start with a short boat trip from Turkey to Greece, then continue north and west on foot and by bus and train.

Most make their way through the less hospitable nations of Eastern Europe as quickly as possible, en route to more welcoming countries such as Germany and Sweden. Still, the journeys can take weeks.

SEE ALSO: Migrants break into Channel Tunnel, rail services disrupted

They catch a few minutes or hours of rest where they can: on trains and buses, in fields, along roadsides, and, in the case of children, in their parents' arms.

Here's a gallery of images by Muhammed Muheisen, Associated Press chief photographer for the Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan, showing people at rest along the migrant trail in Greece, Hungary, Croatia, Austria and Germany over the past three weeks.

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Along migrant trail, people rest where they can
In this photo taken on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, a migrant girl play after crossing the border between Hungary and Austria in Nickelsdorf, Austria, 70 kilometers (43 miles) southeast of Vienna. Children are resourceful and find joy and distraction for hours in simple objects. Their parents often carry everything they still own in a backpack or two, making dolls and Lego blocks an impossible luxury. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
In this photo taken on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, migrant children play at Serbian Orthodox cemetery in no man's land near the border crossing between Serbia and Croatia near Sid, about 100 km west from Belgrade. Children are resourceful and find joy and distraction for hours in simple objects. Their parents often carry everything they still own in a backpack or two, making dolls and Lego blocks an impossible luxury. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
In this photo taken on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, a migrant child looks at a unicorn painting during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha in a shelter at a former shopping mall in Graz, about 190 kms (118 miles) south of Vienna, Austria. Among the hundreds of thousands of migrants making their way to Europe, there are many families whose young children still play or find something to smile about even after harrowing experiences and long journeys. (AP Photo/Christian Bruna)
In this photo taken on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, young boy play, after a group of migrants crossed the border with Croatia arriving in Barcs, Hungary. Among the hundreds of thousands of migrants making their way to Europe, there are many families whose young children still play or find something to smile about even after harrowing experiences and long journeys. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, an Afghan refugee child covers his face with a balloon while he and other migrants spent the night in a shelter near Graz, Austria. Children are resourceful and find joy and distraction for hours in simple objects. Their parents often carry everything they still own in a backpack or two, making dolls and Lego blocks an impossible luxury. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this picture taken on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, a Syrian boy holding a balloon runs after he arrived with his family from Turkey, to the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos, on an inflatable dinghy. Children are resourceful and find joy and distraction for hours in simple objects. Their parents often carry everything they still own in a backpack or two, making dolls and Lego blocks an impossible luxury. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, a Syrian refugee man plays with his daughter after spending the night near an abandoned military barrack in Beli Manastir, near Hungarian border, northeast Croatia. Among the hundreds of thousands of migrants making their way to Europe, there are many families whose young children still play or find something to smile about even after harrowing experiences and long journeys. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, migrant children play at a fountain in Harmica near the Slovenian and Croatian border, in Croatia. Among the hundreds of thousands of migrants making their way to Europe, there are many families whose young children still play or find something to smile about even after harrowing experiences and long journeys. (AP Photo/Christian Bruna)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, a boy sits on a toy car and plays with stuffed animals as he waits with other refugees for registration at the temporary registration center of the south German border town Passau, Germany. Among the hundreds of thousands of migrants making their way to Europe, there are many families whose young children still play or find something to smile about even after harrowing experiences and long journeys. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, a young child laughs, looking out of a bus window in a center for asylum seekers near Roszke, southern Hungary. Among the hundreds of thousands of migrants making their way to Europe, there are many families whose young children still play or find something to smile about even after harrowing experiences and long journeys. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
In this photo taken on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, syrian refugee child Jana Makkiyeh, 3, whose family comes from Damascus, Syria, holds a teddy bear while standing near her family's tent at a makeshift camp for asylum seekers in Roszke, southern Hungary. Among the hundreds of thousands of migrants making their way to Europe, there are many families whose young children still play or find something to smile about even after harrowing experiences and long journeys. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, a young girl plays on a field as she waits in a camp near the border line between Serbia and Hungary in Roszke, southern Hungary. Among the hundreds of thousands of migrants making their way to Europe, there are many families whose young children still play or find something to smile about even after harrowing experiences and long journeys. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
In this photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, a young migrant boy jokes as he crosses the Hungarian-Serbian border with his family near Roszke, southern Hungary. Among the hundreds of thousands of migrants making their way to Europe, there are many families whose young children still play or find something to smile about even after harrowing experiences and long journeys. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
In this photo taken Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, migrants sit in a train to Salzburg at the Westbahnhof station in Vienna, Austria. Over 150,000 people seeking to enter Europe have reached Hungary this year, most coming through the southern border with Serbia, and many apply for asylum but quickly try to leave for richer EU countries. Children are resourceful and find joy and distraction for hours in simple objects. Their parents often carry everything they still own in a backpack or two, making dolls and Lego blocks an impossible luxury. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
In this photo taken on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, a boy rides his tricycle down the stairs of Keleti train station in Budapest, Hungary. Among the hundreds of thousands of migrants making their way to Europe, there are many families whose young children still play or find something to smile about even after harrowing experiences and long journeys. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)
In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, a girl blows soap bubbles at the Keleti train station in Budapest, Serbia. Among the hundreds of thousands of migrants making their way to Europe, there are many families whose young children still play or find something to smile about even after harrowing experiences and long journeys. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)
In this photo taken on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, a Syrian child plays with his mother as they travel by train from Belgrade to the northern Serbian town of Subotica. Children are resourceful and find joy and distraction for hours in simple objects. Their parents often carry everything they still own in a backpack or two, making dolls and Lego blocks an impossible luxury. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)
In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, a migrant girl stands near the border train station of Idomeni, northern Greece, waiting to be allowed by the Macedonian police to cross the border from Greece to Macedonia. Among the hundreds of thousands of migrants making their way to Europe, there are many families whose young children still play or find something to smile about even after harrowing experiences and long journeys. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
In this photo taken Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, a Syrian migrant child plays in a park where his family are waiting for the chance to cross with to the nearby Greek island of Kos, on the coastal town of Bodrum, Turkey. The city of Bodrum, a magnet for wealthy tourists, is these days drawing plenty of other visitorsó migrants fleeing conflicts in the Middle East and Africa and seeking a better life in Europe. At its closest point, the Greek island of Kos is only 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from Turkey and migrants, mostly from Syria, but also from Afghanistan, Iran and African nations often try to cross in groups upward of eight people in small inflatable plastic boats meant for a maximum of four, powered by tiny electric outboard motors and plastic paddles. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2015 file photo, children play on a train track as migrants wait for a train heading toward Serbia, at the railway station in the southern Macedonian town of Gevgelija. Macedonia is facing an increasing pressure of migrants from the Middle East, Asia and Africa flowing into its southern and northern borders with Greece and Serbia and heading toward more prosperous European Union countries. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski, File)
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