Hungary’s Government Spokesman has said the country backs a quota to send migrants back to their place of origin, but is against mandatory resettlement.
István Hollik said the introduction of migrant quotas once again threatens European cities and the Hungarian government maintains the position that the only acceptable quota is for sending back migrants.
According to MTI, Hollik cited a statement by European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos who on Tuesday again urged member states to approve a migration quota included in a recent Maltese agreement.
Hollik said the Hungarian government would not yield to pressure and will not approve a mandatory settlement quota. “Instead of bringing in migrants, people who have come illegally must be removed from the territory of Europe,” he said.
Hollik said the commissioner’s remarks only confirm that the outgoing European Commission in Brussels plans to spend its last days in office trying to push through the mandatory migrant quota. The approval and expansion of the Maltese quota agreement only serves to force member states and the EC to follow a predefined path, he added.
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