EU MIGRANT CRISIS: EU COURT REJECTS REFUGEE QUOTA CHALLENGE FROM HUNGARY AND SLOVAKIA




İrem Uzun –TDO- The European Court of Justice has rejected a challenge by Hungary and Slovakia to a migrant relocation deal drawn up at the height of the crisis in 2015.      

EU adopted a mandatory system two years ago with the emergence of migration crisis in Europe, system forces EU member states to take in a set number of asylum seekers. Through this implementation, European Commission aims to ease the pressure on frontline countries such as Greece and Italy.     

In September that year, European leaders agreed to spread a total of 160,000 asylum seekers among member states over two years. Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Romania voted against the quotas by arguing that they were not equipped to integrate people from mainly Muslim countries. Officials say that the problem is that the policy exposes them to a risk of Islamist terrorism and that it poses a threat to their homogenous societies. “The Court dismisses the actions brought by Slovakia and Hungary against the provisional mechanism for the mandatory relocation of asylum seekers,” European Court of Justice said about their objection.    

Since the September 2015, only 25.000 refugees have been moved, although the target was 160.000. Hungary was asked to take 1.294 asylum seekers, Slovakia 802. However, Hungary has refused to take in a single asylum seeker and Slovakia has accepted only 16.