The European Commission has reiterated its attempt to persuade Poland and Hungary to take in asylum seekers under the EU migration scheme. If the two countries refuse to cooperate, Brussels will use “all powers” in response, it said in a statement.
Warsaw and Budapest have opposed the refugee resettlement quotas since the very outset of the migrant crisis. Now, as the number of new arrivals has dropped, Brussels is seemingly keen to enforce the relocation from Greece and Italy – the main points of entry to the EU – to other member states of the bloc.
“This is solidarity in action and a demonstration of responsibility. Now is the time for our Member States to deliver on their commitments and to intensify their efforts,” said Dimitris Avramopoulos, EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs, and Citizenship.
“They have a political, moral and legal duty to do so. I call on those countries that have not yet joined this common effort to do so.”
With around 14,000 asylum seekers awaiting relocation in Greece and around 3,500 so far in Italy, the total number of people eligible for relocation in both countries “is well below what was foreseen in the Council decisions,” the European Commission argued in a statement.
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