The top EU court, European Court of Justice (ECJ), has dismiss the lawsuit filed by Hungary and Slovakia challenging Brussels’ forced migrant redistribution plan. According to the court’s ruling, individual member states had ‘no grounds to refuse to take in migrants,’ media reports suggest. The judgment opens the way for the EU to start relocating 160,000 migrants currently in Greece and Italy.
The governments of Hungary and Slovakia, backed by Poland and the Czech Republic, had filed a case against the EU’s centralized ‘refugee’ distribution plan. If the East European countries refuse to open their borders in compliance with the ECJ ruling, these poor economies could face back-breaking economic sanction.
But there are early indications that Hungary might not be going to take the EU court’s ruling lying down. The leading German journalist, Markus Preiss, quoted an unnamed Hungarian diplomat as saying: “If the ECJ forces us, we will take the refugees, [but] we are not going to tie them down” -- hinting that the refugees assigned to Hungary will sooner or later find their way back into Germany or other wealthier EU welfare states.
European broadcaster France24 covered the EU court’s judgment:
The European Union’s top court dismissed complaints on Wednesday by Slovakia and Hungary about EU migration policy, upholding Brussels’ right to force member states to take in asylum seekers.
In the latest twist to a divisive dispute that broke out two years ago when over a million migrants poured across the Mediterranean, the European Court of Justice found that the EU was entitled to order national governments to take in quotas of mainly Syrian refugees relocated from Italy and Greece.
"The court dismisses the actions brought by Slovakia and Hungary against the provisional mechanism for the mandatory relocation of asylum seekers," the Luxembourg-based court said in a statement.
"The mechanism actually contributes to enabling Greece and Italy to deal with the impact of the 2015 migration crisis and is proportionate." […]
It provided for the relocation of up to 160,000 people, but only some 25,000 have so far been moved.
The EU, encouraged by the favorable judgment, is now pushing for even higher migrant quotas. The European Commission, EU’s executive arm, is “considering doubling part of its relocation efforts in response to the ruling,” the British newspaper Daily Express reported today.
British politician and former UKIP leader Nigel Farage told the EU to desist from such moves. "This won't end well, as national security is at stake," Farage warned.
It was undoubtedly a courageous move by Hungary and Slovakia to stand up to the EU’s migrant diktats. There is, however, little hope for an individual member state to escape the migrant quagmire that EU is creating for itself.
As Nigel Farage urged the Hungarian leader earlier this year, [It’s] “time for Hungary to join the Brexit Club, Mr Orbán.” All freedom-loving people of Europe need to heed that sound advice.