July 17, 2018

Hungary challenges EU migrant quota

Hungary says it has filed a court challenge against a European Union plan to distribute refugees among the bloc’s member states.

A justice ministry spokesman confirmed the case had been filed at the European Court of Justice, AFP reports.

EU interior ministers approved the plan for mandatory quotas to distribute 120,000 refugees in September, despite opposition from several states.

Slovakia filed a similar court challenge on Wednesday.

National newspapers in Hungary on Thursday carried full-page government adverts attacking the EU plan.

One message read: “The quota increases the terror threat!”

A nationwide campaign against the plan is set to see billboards going up exhorting Hungarians to “defend the country”, according to AFP.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has drawn criticism from other EU leaders for his hardline comments on Muslim migrants.

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