07:11 GMT19 September 2020
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    Sweden has joined Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway in condemning Hungary for not abiding by EU Dublin Rules, which say refugees should, in principle, seek asylum in the first country they enter, with Stockholm threatening legal action in the European Court of Justice.

    Hungary itself is — together with Slovakia — taking action in the European Court of Justice over the Brussels-backed migrant plan to relocate 160,000 refugees from Italy and Greece, according to a mandatory quota system, which is opposed by many EU states — particularly in Eastern Europe.

    Now Sweden has threatened Hungary with legal action for refusing to take back migrants, under the Dublin Rules, which say migrants may be returned to the country in which they first entered the Schengen zone. Hungary is refusing to take back migrants from Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway — all of whom have condemned the Budapest Government. 

    The migrant crisis has divided the EU, with many countries erecting border controls — including razor wire fences — to stem the flow of migrants flooding into Europe from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, neighboring refugee camps in the Middle East, as well as Africa.


    The massive increase of migrants in 2015 — following German Chancellor Angela Merkel's declaration that Germany's "doors were open" to refugees — the situation worsened and the principle of a borderless EU — the Schengen zone — was thrown out of the window.

    ​Greece and Italy bore the brunt of the crisis, with tens of thousands making the journeys across the West Balkan route, the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea to reach refuge. Many traveled on further, but tens of thousands are still in camps.

    Migrants demonstrate inside the Moria registration centre on the Greek island of Lesbos.
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    Migrants demonstrate inside the Moria registration centre on the Greek island of Lesbos.

    The scheme to relocate 160,000 form Greece and Italy to EU member states has only — as of October 5 — relocated 5,871, as many countries are refusing to take them in — particularly because of rising Islamophobia throughout Europe.

    Sweden's minister of justice Morgan Johansson has written to EU migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos calling for him to impose the Dublin Rules on Hungary, saying:

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


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