Europe migrant crisis: EU court rejects quota challenge

FE Online Desk | Published: September 06, 2017 14:15:38 | Updated: October 19, 2017 00:30:22


Macedonian special police guard the border as more than a thousand immigrants wait at the border line of Macedonia and Greece. - Reuters file photo

The EU's top court has rejected a challenge by eastern European countries to a migrant relocation deal at the peak of the 2015 crisis.

 

The European Court of Justice overruled Hungary and Slovakia's objections to the compulsory fixed-quota scheme, the BBC reports on Wednesday.

 

Hungary has not accepted a single asylum seeker since the compulsory quotas were introduced two years ago.

 

They were an attempt to ease the pressure on frontline countries such as Greece and Italy.

 

Just under 28,000 people have been relocated under the scheme, rather than the 160,000 asylum seekers envisaged when it was agreed in September 2015.

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