Hungary to hold referendum on EU refugee quotas

Hungary will hold a referendum on refugee redistribution quotas imposed by the European Union, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Wednesday.

"So far nobody has asked the people in Europe whether they accept or reject the mandatory resettlement of migrants," he told reporters in Budapest.

Orban said that his cabinet has launched the motion for a referendum on the issue with the national election authority.

The election commission is likely to approve the motion, which would be followed by a date set for the vote.

Orban has been among the most hostile critics of the 28-member bloc's refugee policy.

The nationalist prime minister said that taking in Muslim refugees was unacceptable in mostly Christian Hungary. He ordered a fence, topped with razor wire, to be built along the borders with Serbia and Croatia to keep migrants out.

Hungary opposed the EU refugee quotas scheme from the start and promised to legally challenged at the European Court of Justice. 

Last update: Wed, 24/02/2016 - 15:52

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