A young migrant boy waits in front of the Hungarian border fence at the Tompa border station transit zone on 6 April 2017 as the Hungarian Interior Minister Sandor Pinter (not pictured) presents the camp to the media

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Hungary has constructed a controversial anti-migrant fence on its southern border with Serbia

The EU’s high court docket has rejected a problem by jap European international locations to a migrant relocation deal drawn up on the peak of the disaster in 2015.

The European Courtroom of Justice overruled Hungary and Slovakia’s objections to the obligatory fixed-quota scheme.

Hungary has not accepted a single asylum seeker because the measures had been launched two years in the past.

They had been an try to ease the strain on frontline international locations reminiscent of Greece and Italy.

Slightly below 28,000 individuals have been relocated below the scheme, reasonably than the 160,000 asylum seekers envisaged when it was agreed in September 2015.

EU officers insisted from the beginning that the scheme was binding on all member states no matter whether or not they had voted for it or not. Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Romania had objected to the quotas.

‘Proportionate’

They argued the issue was not of their making, that the coverage uncovered them to a threat of Islamist terrorism and that it represented a menace to their homogenous societies.

Hungary and Slovakia argued on the Courtroom of Justice that there have been procedural errors, and that quotas weren’t an acceptable response to the migrant disaster.

However their case was rejected by the ECJ ruling, which acknowledged: “The Courtroom dismisses the actions introduced by Slovakia and Hungary towards the provisional mechanism for the obligatory relocation of asylum seekers,” it mentioned.

“That mechanism truly contributes to enabling Greece and Italy to cope with the impression of the 2015 migration disaster and is proportionate.”


No quick-fix – Kevin Connolly, Europe correspondent, BBC Information

The European Union regards the coverage of relocating migrants who’ve crossed the Mediterranean as an necessary expression of political solidarity between member states.

Beneath the coverage it set quotas for every nation to just accept mounted numbers of migrants to ease the direct burden on Italy and Greece – the same old factors of arrival.

Whereas Hungary and Slovakia have now failed of their authorized problem to the coverage, that does not repair the political drawback. The European Fee should still should threaten monetary penalties towards international locations that do not co-operate if the ruling from Strasbourg does not change their minds.


A notice on terminology: The BBC makes use of the time period migrant to seek advice from all individuals on the transfer who’ve but to finish the authorized strategy of claiming asylum. This group consists of individuals fleeing war-torn international locations reminiscent of Syria, who’re prone to be granted refugee standing, in addition to people who find themselves looking for jobs and higher lives, who governments are prone to rule are financial migrants.