Czech Republic Says “No” to Immigration Quotas
June 7 (BD) – Czech Republic will no longer accept immigrants on the basis of EU migration quotas, informed Interior Minister Milan Chovanec (ČSSD) about a decision of the Czech Government this Monday.
In September 2015, European Union agreed to help Greece and Italy burdened in migration crisis. Under the agreement, the EU states take 120 000 asylum applicants originating from Syria, Iraq, and Eritrea. Along with the older similar voluntary commitment, the EU members are to reallocate a total of 160 000 people in two years.
Since then, the Czech Republic has accepted only 12 immigrants from Greece, although the number allocated to the country was 2691 immigrants. The allocation quotas are based on the economic and political criteria.
The decision of the Czech Republic to reject refugee quotas was supported by other countries (Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia). EU Commission will decide this June whether to take legal action against the rebel community members. Czech Republic could be fined up to ten million Euros (about 270 million CZK) of base fines, if the Commission decides to bring the case to European Court.
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