About: refugee quotas

EU ministers to debate compromise plan to break asylum impasse

EU interior ministers meet today (5 June) to try to break a two-year deadlock over reforming asylum rules with a deadline looming and pressure from Italy’s new populist leaders. The ministers will hear Bulgaria’s new compromise proposals on how to...

Fortress Europe lives on in Poland

Since 2015, Poland has strongly opposed receiving refugees from Italy and Greece. Until now, not a single person has been accepted under the quota system set by the European Commission. And the majority of Poles actually side with their government on the issue, EURACTIV Poland reports.
Future EU 11-05-2018

Orbán sworn in as PM for third time, eyes 20 more years in power

Fresh from a landslide election win in April, Hungary's combative premier Viktor Orbán was formally sworn in as prime minister Thursday (10 May), and hinted at designs on power until at least 2030.

EU struggles to settle refugee quotas row by June

EU ministers yesterday (25 January) started their countdown toward overhauling their asylum rules by a June deadline but struggled to settle a row over refugee quotas that has dogged them since the migration crisis erupted in 2015.
Global Europe 14-12-2017

Migration row mars EU summit, exposes divides

EU leaders ended the first day of the end-of-year European Council summit with no sign of tensions thawing amid recent disagreements on migration, which have once again exposed divides between eastern members and 'old Europe'.

ECRE head: Asylum management needs compliance, not new laws

Some European countries are trying to enact restrictive policies and create a hostile atmosphere to discourage migrants and asylum seekers, blatantly ignoring EU and international law, Catherine Woollard told EURACTIV Slovakia reports.

Estonia aims to resuscitate EU refugee quotas

Estonia on Wednesday (29 November) presented a compromise proposal on the relocation of refugees, which it said would be "fair" to all EU member states, deeply divided over how to deal with asylum seekers arriving in Europe.
Central Europe 20-06-2017

Orbán: No chance for single EU migration policy

Hungary's populist prime minister said Monday (19 June) that he sees no chance for a single EU-wide migration policy, just days after the bloc launched legal action against Budapest for refusing refugees under a controversial solidarity plan.

Hungary and Slovakia’s case against refugee quotas gets day in court

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has begun deliberating on Hungary and Slovakia’s case against the EU’s refugee relocation quotas, which both countries initially opposed and which allegedly contain a number of procedural errors . EURACTIV Germany reports.

Former Népszabadság editor: Orbán’s referendum was no failure

Hungarian newspaper Népszabadság was closed down in October 2016, in a move that was seen by many observers as the Budapest government’s attempts to crack down on dissenting voices. EURACTIV’s partner Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft talked to its former deputy-editor.

Frontex chief: 42% of rejected asylum seekers are deported from the EU

Less than half of migrants whose asylum applications have been rejected are deported, according to new statistics from EU border agency Frontex.
Enlargement 30-11-2016

Hungary urges EU to speed up Balkan accession talks

Hungary called on the European Union to speed up accession talks with the Western Balkans yesterday (29 November), so as to "protect" the bloc from a future influx of migrants.
Brexit 07-10-2016

Juncker rages against the UK and Hungary

The EU must be "unyielding" in the face of Britain's demands on the terms for its divorce from the bloc, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said today (7 October). He also took aim at Hungary, following the Central European country's recent referendum on migrant quotas.

Hungary breaking EU law on migrants, Nordic nations say

Nordic nations on Wednesday (21 September) called for the EU to take "measures" against Hungary over its reluctance to take in registered asylum-seekers.

Hungary readies attacks on Juncker over migration referendum

A spokesman for the Hungarian government, Zoltán Kovács, told a group of Brussels journalists yesterday (19 September) that the so-called ‘migrant quota’ referendum to be held next month in Hungary will expose the "stealth way the EU is working" during the past two years of the Juncker Commission.

‘Flexible solidarity’ becomes new tool in response to refugee crisis

The Bratislava summit marks a turning point in the evolution of the EU’s response to the migration crisis, as Germany and other Western nations appeared to accept the Visegrad Group's alternative to relocation and migrant quotas, called "flexible solidarity”.

Schulz admits mandatory relocation of refugees has failed

Speaking to journalists at the start of the Bratislava summit today (16 September), Parliament President Martin Schulz admitted that the system of relocating refugees based on mandatory quotas isn't working, and that the Visegrad group is expected to table an alternative proposal.
EU Priorities 2020 13-09-2016

EU to slash funds to Eastern Europe to step up migration budget

European Union countries agreed on Monday (12 September) to slash funds from next year's EU budget to poor regions of the bloc, mostly in the east, while increasing spending to manage migration flows and spur growth.
Global Europe 08-09-2016

Austria threatens non-compliant Hungary with legal action

Austria has threatened Hungary with legal action if the Central European country does not start abiding by EU refugee laws. Budapest remains unmoved. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Austria, Denmark and Sweden move towards tougher asylum rules

Austria has taken its next, albeit small, step towards introducing tougher rules on immigration that will allow it to turn away asylum seekers at its borders within an hour and also to cap the number of asylum requests it accepts.

Greece says it never asked for a ‘Plan B’ in EU-Turkey refugee deal

Greece's Migration Minister Yannis Mouzalas on Wednesday (3 August) denied having called for a backup strategy – a "Plan B" – in case the EU-Turkey refugee deal collapses amid escalating tensions between Brussels and Ankara.
Global Europe 03-08-2016

Greece asks for EU-Turkey migration deal ‘Plan B’

Greece's migration minister has warned that a back-up strategy - a Plan B - is needed in case the EU-Turkey refugee deal collapses amid escalating tensions between the bloc and Ankara.

Hungary uses ‘excessive’ violence against migrants, says MSF

The situation on the Balkan migration route is getting increasingly worrying, according to Doctors Without Borders (MSF). The organisation blames Hungary for using "excessive" violence against migrants stranded in the area.
Global Europe 01-07-2016

Slovakia advocates returning EU power to capitals

Speaking to Brussels journalists on a press trip to Bratislava, the Slovak premier, and his foreign minister, shed light on their ambitions for steering the Union for the next six months, and laying the groundwork for a rethink of the EU, following the shock of the UK referendum.

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