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ECJ rejects Slovakia, Hungary refugee challenge

Slovakia and Hungary filed a complaint [text] arguing that it was illegal for Brussels to require them to take in hundreds of Syrian refugees and that it would destabilize their economies.

The court said Wednesday that it had "dismissed in its entirety the actions brought by Slovakia and Hungary". "The mechanism actually contributes to enabling Greece and Italy to deal with the impact of the 2015 migration crisis and is proportionate." .

Just under 28,000 people have been relocated under the scheme, rather than the 160,000 asylum seekers envisaged when it was agreed in September 2015.

"Slovakia and Hungary which, like the Czech Republic and Romania, voted against the adoption of the contested decision in the Council [of the European Union], have asked the Court of Justice to annul the decision ..."

The European Commission has already launched an "infringement procedure" against the three for failing to take, or not recently accepting, some of the thousands of refugees who have arrived in Italy and Greece over the last two years.

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"The door remains, it is still open, and we should convince all member states to fulfill their commitments", EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said.

Poland, along with the Czech Republic and Hungary, is under scrutiny from the commission for not taking in asylum seekers under the 2015 plan, and could face fines.

The refugee sharing plan was adopted by a "qualified majority" European Union vote - around two thirds of the bloc's members - and the court held that this was appropriate, saying the European Union "was not required to act unanimously" on this decision.

Earlier in August, according to the website of the Hungarian government, Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen said that Hungary is willing to offer asylum to Aideen Strandsson, a Christian convert who is facing deportation to Iran after being denied asylum in Sweden. "Solidarity can not be a la carte", Avramopoulos said, referring to a recent request by Budapest to the European Union commission to finance its border fence.

As Deutsche Welle reports, "Only 24,000. refugees from Greece and Italy have been transferred to other states".

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The low level of relocations, the ECJ noted, was partly due to "the lack of cooperation on the part of certain member states".

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo also rejected the ECJ's ruling, saying that Poland will hold firm to its position on asylum seekers and refugees.

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Over the past few years Europe has been faced with millions of refugees and asylum seekers escaping war zones and hardship from across Africa and the Middle East.

They were an attempt to ease the pressure on frontline countries such as Greece and Italy.

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EU lawmakers are welcoming a court ruling rejecting an appeal by Hungary and Slovakia against the European Union's flagship refugee-sharing scheme.

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