Slovakia, Hungary Not to Dismiss Migrant Quota System Amid ECJ Decision

2015 after the border was blocked by the Hungarian border police. Credit Sergey Ponomarev for The New Y

"We protect Hungary from the invasion of migrants, but we provide help for genuine refugees, those whose lives are in direct danger on account of their religion, nationality, or political affiliation", Sejmen said, adding that Christians can easily integrate into the Christian European civilization, unlike Muslims, who refuse to do so.

Slovakia and Hungary's complaints about mandatory refugee quotas - which were backed by Poland - have been dismissed by a top European Union court.

"The court dismissed the lawsuits filed by Slovakia and Hungary against the provisional mechanism for the mandatory distribution of asylum seekers (among European Union member States - ed.)", - reads the statement of the court following the hearing.

'That mechanism actually contributes to enabling Greece and Italy to deal with the impact of the 2015 migration crisis and is proportionate'. In July, about 25,000 people in Greece and Italy remained eligible for relocation, according to estimates that month by the European Commission.

The EU has also refused to pay for a wall Hungary built at its Serbian border, reminding the country of its decision to "reject an offer of concrete solidarity" during the 2015 migrant crisis.

"Given the tense politics of internal solidarity it might make more sense for the commission to avoid insisting on the commitment, having made its point", said Elizabeth Collett, the European director of the Migration Policy Institute, a research organization.

The refugee sharing plan was adopted by a "qualified majority" European Union vote - around two thirds of the bloc's members - and the court held that this was appropriate, saying the European Union "was not required to act unanimously" on this decision.

Under the plan, Hungary must admit more than 2,300 asylum seekers, while Slovakia must in the long term take in 1,400.

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The countries claimed the relocation scheme was non-binding as they had voted against the deal, together with the Czech Republic and Romania.

"Politically, it enforces the concept of shared responsibility, which means backing for those countries that support distributions of asylum seekers", she said.

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

Hungary and Slovakia were seeking to have the decision annulled.

Over the past few years Europe has been faced with millions of refugees and asylum seekers escaping war zones and hardship from across Africa and the Middle East.

However, Avramopoulos said there is a "misunderstanding" if the public believes member states should have taken in by now more than 100,000 asylum seekers from Greece and Italy - when in fact they have admitted just under 28,000.

While Brussels expects previously non-compliant countries to accept refugees within weeks, Mr Szijjarto pre-empted a bitter stand-off by saying "all legal means" would be used to oppose the decision.

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