nsucurrent.com
nsucurrent.com November 17, 2017


Court: EU states must take in refugees

07 September 2017, 01:51 | Ruby West

August to be rescued in the Mediterranean Sea. Credit Angelos Tzortzinis Agence France Presse — Getty Ima

August to be rescued in the Mediterranean Sea. Credit Angelos Tzortzinis  Agence France Presse — Getty Ima

It's not clear what consequences there will be, if any, for member states that refuse to take in migrants.

Slovakia and Hungary voted against the adoption of the contested decision in the council - as did the Czech Republic and Romania - and lobbied for annulment by the European Court of Justice.

Hungary's foreign minister, Peter Szijjarto, called the court decision "outrageous and irresponsible".

The two nations opposed a 2015 decision by the EU's top policy body, at the height of the Mediterranean migration crisis, to assist Italy and Greece by making other European Union states admit 120,000 people.

#ECJ confirms our view on the migration scheme.

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".

"Politics raped European law", Szijjarto told reporters in Budapest, adding that the decision established the power of the European Commission over the member states. He said it jeopardizes the security and future of Europe.

The Hungarian Helsinki Committee, an advocate for asylum-seekers, urged Hungary to give refugees an opportunity to make their case for asylum.




Under global and European law, countries are required to grant asylum to people fleeing war or persecution but not those classed as economic migrants, the EU designation for most sub-Saharan Africans.

Since 2014 around 1.7 million people have travelled to the European Union with the intention of settling here, with many fleeing wars or strife in the Middle East and Africa.

Amnesty International welcomed the court's decision.

Beata Szydlo, the Polish prime minister, said: 'We expected this decision. The European Court of Justice rejected a challenge by Hungary and Slovakia on September 6, 207, to stay out of a European Union scheme meant to relocate refugees.

But Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico said he accepted the court's decision.

In other words, the quotas don't work well as an important expression of political solidarity between European Union member states.

Budapest announced at the end of August that it will extend the state of emergency declared previous year over the migrant crisis until March 2018, while Hungarian government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said that the "threat of terrorism in Europe has increased", thus justifying increased border controls, according to The Associated Press. That measure, including payments of up to €6 billion to help Turkey manage its refugee population and a pledge to reinvigorate talks on the possibility of Turkey joining the bloc, slowed the flow across the Aegean route to a trickle.



Other News

Trending Now

Corinne Olympios Finally Clears The Air On The 'Bachelor In Paradise' Scandal
She previously stated that she was a victim in the said incident and threatened to take legal action against the crew of the show. She said she regretted how things unfolded in the public eye and wishes they could have spoken with each other.

USMNT dealt shocking home loss by Costa Rica in World Cup qualifier
The African champion was humbled on Friday, with Cameroon losing 4-0 in Nigeria to see its World Cup hopes slipping away. They also swarmed Pulisic any time he was near the ball, taking away the Americans' best player for extended stretches.

Two potential human cases of West Nile under investigation
A single human case at one location may not be the result of infected mosquitoes in that specific area. Most people infected don't get sick, and those who do usually experience mild symptoms.

What You Should Know About Apple's Upcoming iPhone 8
Bloomberg , ahead of the all but certain September debut of the iPhone 8 , has a breakdown of how it'll run . Next year, though, Apple is reportedly planning to launch three iPhone models in the coming iPhone cycle .

Mourinho Requests United Board To Sign Premier League Winger
Meanwhile, the foxes were finding it hard to break United's defensive line and they failed to convert some good chances which came their way.

Diana aura still captivates, 20 years on
It is a more muted affair than in 1997, when a sea of flowers formed outside the gates after Diana's death. Second in line to the throne William said: "She was this ray of light in a fairly grey world".

Senior journalist Gauri Lankesh shot dead in Bengaluru
She demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should look into the matter and provide answers for the attacks. Investigators pinned their hopes on the CCTV footage to get some clues about the identity of the killers.

Canadian economy beats expectations with 4.5% GDP growth in Q2
Some are now saying that the devastation from Hurricane Harvey could shave about a half-percentage point off growth this quarter. This second estimate is much better than the first (+2.6 per cent), is higher than the expectations of analysts (2.7 per cent).

Bay Area weather: Excessive-heat warning still in effect
The heat wave is expected to peak today, and National Weather forecasters said temperatures would be 10 to 20 degrees above average.

Rio Olympian David Torrence found dead aged 31
Torrence (number 2) in action at the Morton Games at Santry Stadium in 2012. Torrence was well-liked among fellow runners and fans of the sport.