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Court: EU states must take in refugees

Court: EU states must take in refugees”

"Today's decision by the European Court of Justice on the relocation scheme sends a very strong signal on the importance of solidarity and responsibility sharing among EU Member States", UN refugee agency UNHCR said in a statement.

In the suit, the two countries protested against the decision passed by the EU Council amid the peak of the migration crisis in 2015, introducing a quota mechanism to help relocated refugees from Greece and Italy.

"The real battle is only just beginning, and Hungary will be making use of all opportunities for legal redress to ensure that nobody can be relocated to Hungary against the wishes of the Hungarian people", Mr Szijjarto said.

Noted that the program voted Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic. Hungary and Poland have refused to take part, while Slovakia has only taken in a small number from Greece.

A further 7,000 asylum-seekers who arrive before September 26 can be redistributed to other EU countries from Italy and another 4,700 from Greece, according to the European Commission.

Brussels launched the relocation scheme as an exception to the so-called Dublin rules under which migrants must apply for asylum in the member state where they first land.

"I was convinced that such a decision would be made [by the court], but this absolutely does not change the stance of the Polish government with respect to migration policy", Szydlo told reporters at a business conference.

Slovakia and Hungary argued the European Union broke its own rules and exceeded its powers when it approved the quota system with a "qualified majority", or about two-thirds vote.

Germany's foreign minister is welcoming the ruling by a European Union court that Hungary and Slovakia must participate in an EU plan to relocate refugees.

The European Union says the bloc's migrant agreement with Turkey is working well but that more effort is needed to speed asylum applications.

Hungary asked Brussels last week to pay €400 million towards the cost of security at its frontiers, and Mr Szijjarto complained that "the European Commission is not funding border protection, but only the admission of illegal immigrants". Slovakia and Hungary insisted in their lawsuits that the quota mechanism should have been passed unanimously. So far only 25,000 refugees have been moved.

As Deutsche Welle reports, "Only 24,000. refugees from Greece and Italy have been transferred to other states".

Some 54,000 are now due to be taken from camps in Turkey, which lowers the total figure to be relocated from Greece and Italy.

"The Hungarian and Slovakian governments" appeal to ECJ was a baseless attempt to make "refugee free zones' of their countries".



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