Refugee Quota Opponents Agree To Accept System

Refugee Quota Opponents Agree To Accept System

Some of the European countries that previously opposed quotas for refugees have said they are prepared to work with the newly agreed system.

The Czech Republic's prime minister, who was against the scheme to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers in member states, says he will not take legal action against the plan.

Bohuslav Sobotka said: "Even though I don't like the use of the quotas, I don't agree with them & we voted against them, Europe must not fall apart over solving the migrant crisis."

Romania's president, meanwhile, said his country can cope with the extra migrants the European Union wants it to take, yet disagreed with the way the matter was decided.

Slovakia, however, said it would go to court to challenge the quotas.

And Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban said he does not want his country to alter as a result of the crisis.

He said the migrant crisis should be dealt with within existing laws & his country should "reconsider its relationship with Russia".

After the agreement was made, Prime Minister David Cameron said European leaders should deport economic migrants who do not have a genuine claim to asylum.

His call came during a meeting at Chequers with French president Francois Hollande.

The Prime Minister is joining other European leaders at an emergency summit in Brussels on Wednesday.

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Slovakia, Romania, Hungary & the Czech Republic all voted against the quota plan to share out refugees from Italy, Greece & Hungary. Finland abstained from voting.

Britain & Ireland – which are not part of the Schengen borderless area – are not required to take part.

Of the 50,400 refugees being allocated from Greece, the largest number (13,009) will go to Germany.

A further 9,898 will go to France & 6,127 to Spain, while the others will be divided between other countries.

Of the 15,600 refugees being allocated from Italy, Germany again takes the largest number – 4,027 – with France taking 3,064 & Spain 1,896.

The remaining 54,000 were to come from Hungary yet this number is now being held "in reserve" until the region's governments decide where they should go.

Source: “Sky News”