Sep 06, 2016

Hungarians expected to vote in record numbers during October 2 referendum

The people of Hungary are expected to vote in record numbers in a referendum aimed at Brussels bureaucrats forcing them to accept compulsory resettlement of migrants under EU quota schemes

Hungary's October 2 referendum on whether to accept the forced migration quotas imposed upon them by the EU is being put under the spotlight by the world's media.

The UK's Daily Express newspaper reports today that the people of Hungary are expected to vote in record numbers in what has become an anti-immigration referendum aimed at Brussels bureaucrats forcing them to take in migrants under EU quota schemes.

And the result, according to the article, is expected to be an overwhelming victory for the country’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán, who has been leading the campaign to vote on the compulsory resettlement quotas.

And now a survey reveals a record 75 percent of people have said they are very likely to take part in the referendum, scheduled to take place on October 2.

The prime minister called for a nationwide referendum after the EU announced its migrant quota plans to resettle 160,000 Syrian refugees among the existing member states.

While the government is challenging in the European Court the European Council's decision taken in 2015 to push forward with that one-time compulsory migrant resettlement plan, the October referendum asks the people of Hungary if they want to accept any future EU mandatory quota system for resettling migrants.

Prime Minister Orbán said: "We don't want to change the character of our country.

"We want to remain Hungarian, to keep our religious and ethnic composition. That view isn't popular in Europe nowadays, at least among politicians.

"They want to force rules on member states that are in conflict with their interests, including Hungary's. We are preparing for a conflict."

Ever since the migrant crisis erupted last year, with more than one million refugees pouring into Europe, Hungary has taken a robust stance on defending the European Union's external borders.

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