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Oct 07, 2016

Sweden to take legal action against Hungary for refusing to take back migrants

Morgan Johansson, Sweden’s minister of justice, said Hungary had a duty to examine the asylum claims of people who were first registered there before travelling to other countries

Following our revelation last month which outlined plans for Scandanavian nations joining forces to take legal action against Hungary for refusing to take back illegal immigrants, Sweden has announced it will go ahead with legal action.

According to the UK's Daily Express, Sweden has pledged to launch legal action against Hungary in a bid to force politicians to take back asylum seekers from other EU countries. 

The paper writes that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is standing firm on his refugee stance, angering Sweden.

The migrant crisis dominated the news last year when 4,000 people a day crossed Hungary's southern borders as they tried to reach Britain, France and Germany.

The ruling Fidesz party ordered the building of a 300 million euro razor-wire fence to protect Hungary, and in turn Europe.

However, Morgan Johansson, Sweden’s minister of justice, said Hungary had a duty to examine the asylum claims of people who were first registered there before travelling to other countries.

Johansson and ministers from Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway have written to the EU executive complaining Hungary was not abiding by EU Dublin rules which stipulate that refugees should seek asylum in the first EU country they enter.

Speaking on Swedish radio, Johansson said that EU migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos had stated Hungary must comply with the regulation.

“The commission is the guardian of the EU treaties. It has to ensure that governments stick to agreements they once signed up to," Johansson said.

He added that if Hungary did not, Sweden would take the country to the European Court of Justice.

The Swedish Migration Agency has previously said it has around 1,000 asylum seekers who were first registered in Hungary and waiting to be transferred back.

However, Hungary is standing firm, claiming refugees first entered through Greece and they should be processed there.

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