Hungary Has Sovereign Right to Hold Referendum on EU Refugee Quotas

© AFP 2022 / ARMEND NIMANI Refugees stand behind a fence at the Hungarian border with Serbia near the town of Horgos on September 16, 2015
Refugees stand behind a fence at the Hungarian border with Serbia near the town of Horgos on September 16, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Hungary's decision to hold a referendum on the issue of migration quotas is the country's own internal affair, Dutch Migration Minister Klaas Dijkhoff said on Thursday.

BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — Earlier this week, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban decided to hold a referendum on the EU mandatory quotas on refugee relocation, under which the country would be obliged to take in 2,300 refugees.

"Every country has a right to organize such a referendum <…> It is up to every country to organize its own internal deliberations," Dijkhoff told reporters.

Migrants struggle to board a bus sent to pick them up on the closed highway A4 towards Vienna at the Austrian side of the border between Hungary and Austria on September 11, 2015 near Nickelsdorf, Austria - Sputnik International
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Every EU member state has the right to react, issue its own statements and develop its own policies and tactic, but everyone should remain conscious of the fact that decisions that concern the bloc as a whole should be taken at an EU level, the minister added.

Last year, European interior ministers adopted, at an extraordinary meeting, a mandatory quota scheme to relocate some 40,000 refugees residing mostly in Italy and Greece throughout the bloc’s 28 members on an equitable basis.

Hungary is one of the four Visegrad Group (V4 group) states, along with Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The V4 group opposes the implementation of the mandatory EU quota scheme to relocate thousands of refugees throughout the bloc.

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