Hungary and Slovakia oppose to the ‘immigrants’ migration, ECJ rejects the quota challenge
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 07-Sep-2017
The Hague, 7 September: Since 2014, about more than 1.7 million migrants have fleed the Middle East and made new homes in Europe. And according to the European law, those who fleed the war and persecution are entitled to go to the asylum. Opposing this law, Hungary and Slovakia have raised their voice, but however, the European Court of Justice has rejected the challenge by the two countries to a migrant relocation deal drawn up to the height of the crisis in 2015.
The European Court of Justice overruled their objections to the compulsory fixed-quota scheme. Hungary has not accepted a single asylum seeker under the scheme since it was introduced two years ago. It was an attempt to ease the pressure on frontline countries such as Greece and Italy. But the ruling has sparked fury, with Hungary's foreign minister vowing: "The real fight starts now."
The issue was decided by a majority vote - a system only usually used on issues that do not affect national sovereignty. Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Romania voted against. Hungary was asked to take 1,294 asylum seekers, Slovakia 802.Slovakia has taken only about a dozen, while the Czech Republic has refused to take any for the past year. To date, Poland and Hungary have refused to take a single asylum seeker under the scheme. That's not to say they have refused all asylum applications - Hungary accepted 444 from January to July this year. But it will not co-operate with this "solidarity" scheme.
Hungary and Slovakia argued at ECJ that the policy exposes the countries to the risk of Islamic terrorism. Hungary’s foreign minister Peter Szijjarto said, “Politics have raped European laws and values. This decision practically and openly legitimates the power of the EU above the member states.” On the contrary, EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos tweeted: "Time to work in unity and implement solidarity in full."