June 24, 2015
Hungary is mad as hell and they just won’t take it any more.
“Hungary’s asylum system is overburdened, the most overburdened among EU member states affected by illegal immigration,” a Hungarian government spokesman said. The asylum rules, known as the Dublin Regulation, were first drafted in the early 1990s. They require people seeking refuge to do so in the European country where they first set foot.
So far this year, more than 60,000 immigrants have crossed into Hungary illegally, the government said.
The European Commission called on Hungary to explain immediately why it had stopped taking back asylum seekers from other states in defiance of EU rules.
“As the Dublin rules do not foresee the suspension of transfers by the receiving member states, the Commission has asked Hungary for immediate clarification on the nature and extent of the technical failure, and on the measures taken to remedy the situation,” a Commission spokeswoman said.
Budapest cited “technical reasons” for its suspension for an indefinite period.
“Hungary has used up the capacities at its disposal,” the government statement said. “The situation requires fast action; in this escalated situation Hungary needs to take a move ahead of EU decisions.”
This is an open revolt against the EU. About time.
How can they punish them?
They can kick them out of Erasmus, I guess?