Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic could face fines for violating agreement on refugee quotas
Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic face possible fines after a European Court ruled against the countries for failing to give refuge to asylum seekers arriving in southern Europe.
The countries were found to be in violation of EU law after refusing to accept their mandatory quota of up to 160,000 of the asylum seekers who had arrived in Greece and Italy at the height of the 2015 migration crisis. The Czech Republic took in just 12 asylum seekers, while Hungary and Poland refused to take a single person.
Hungary’s Minister of Justice, Judit Varga while referring to the failed quota system of distributing asylum seekers to different European countries asserted that almost none of the member states had fully fulfilled their 2015 quota commitments.
Ms. Varga said that Hungary now had “no obligation to take in asylum seekers,” declaring on Twitter that the E.U.’s “compulsory relocation system of migrants is dead.”
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