Czech Republic might face fines for not accepting refugees

  • Jonáš Vlk
  • 12.6.2017 15:27

On Monday, 5 June, at the request of the Minister of the Interior, Milan Chovanec, the Czech government terminated the admission of migrants from Italy and Greece under the EU's relocation scheme.

The Czech Republic thus definitively withdrew from the European system of migrant redistribution, which was originally met with the negative attitude of all of the V4 states. Similar trends, however, are also occurring in other EU countries, such as Austria, and other Member States are getting tougher on migration in the light of recent terrorist attacks as well. The Czech Republic, which has committed to accept 2691 refugees from Italy and Greece by the end of September 2017, has so far only accepted 12 of them. Now the possibility of penalties is in question, as has been suggested, for example, by Malta in April. However, the fact is that redistribution of migrants does not work effectively even in other EU countries. The Czech Republic will, however, leave its experts abroad to help deal with the migration crisis in the so-called hotspots, which seem to be functional in both Italy and Greece.

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