United Nations hails court ruling upholding European Union migrant quotas

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The EU's relocation plan - which expires on September 26 - has not been fully executed, in no small part because of some member states' reluctance to accept migrants. According to the court [press release], the requirement of each European Union state to take a quota of refugees helps stabilize the 2015 migration crisis and that under law it has authority to "adopt all provisional measures necessary to respond effectively and swiftly to an emergency situation characterized by a sudden inflow of displaced persons".

The continuing crisis peaked in 2015. All the three countries, partners of Slovakia within the Visegrad Group, are facing legal action from the European Commission.

EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said Wednesday that "the EU-Turkey statement continues to work and deliver results".

Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto, right, and Hungarian Justice Minister Laszlo Trocsanyi hold a joint news conference after the decision of the Court of Justice of Luxembourg about the European Union migrant quotas at the Parliament in Budapest, Hungary, on September 6, 2017.

While Hungary and Slovakia have now failed in their legal challenge to the policy, that doesn't fix the political problem.

In the suit, the two countries protested against the decision passed by the EU Council amid the peak of the migration crisis in 2015, introducing a quota mechanism to help relocated refugees from Greece and Italy. Under EU treaties, Britain, Ireland and Denmark do not have to participate.

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Hungary and Slovakia lashed out at the European Union after the decision, as did Poland and the Czech Republic. The formerly Communist nations in eastern Europe claimed they would struggle to absorb mainly Muslim refugees from Syria.

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. "Slovakia and Hungary have tried to dodge the EU's system for solidarity, but each country has a role to play in protecting people fleeing violence and persecution".

Militia and security officials recently told The Associated Press that Libya's struggling government in Tripoli, backed by Italy, also has paid militias implicated in trafficking to choke off the flow of migrant boats.

"ECJ confirms relocation scheme valid".

"Due to the ongoing instability and conflicts in the immediate neighborhood of Italy and Greece, and the repercussions in migratory flows on other member states, it is very likely that a significant and increased pressure will continue to be put on their migration and asylum systems, with a significant proportion of the migrants who may be in need of global protection", the Court of Justice found Wednesday.

The agreement provided for the relocation of up to 160,000 people across member states, but only about 25,000 have been transferred so far. "This demonstrates the critical need to show solidarity towards Italy and Greece and to complement the actions taken so far to support them with provisional measures in the area of asylum and migration". Hungary has admitted none, but Slovakia has taken in a handful.

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