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Most Hungarians Reject EU’s Proposal On Migrant Quotas, Survey Reveals

Tamás Székely 2015.05.28.

Seventy-five percent of Hungarians think that migration should be tackled by member states rather than at European Union level, according to a recent survey conducted by think-tank Századvég. Fully, 83% of respondents said they had heard about the system proposed by the EU which would allocate a quota for the number of asylum-seekers to be received by each member state, the survey showed. Sixty-three percent of them, however, disagreed with the planned quota system, 10% was uncertain, whereas 27% supported it, the survey said.

Századvég conducted the survey by asking 1,000 adults over the phone. On Wednesday, the European Commission published a proposal on the relocation and resettlement under its Migration Agenda released two weeks ago. Under an emergency relocation scheme planned to assist Italy and Greece, Hungary would be required to take 496 migrants from Italy and 331 from Greece. Under a scheme designed for the resettlement of migrants from outside the EU in a member state, Hungary would be required to accept 307 people over the next 2 years.

Meanwhile the Hungarian government is asking twelve questions from the citizens as part of an ongoing national consultation concerning immigration. Among the questions Hungarian citizens are asked whether or not illegal border-crossers should be detained for a period longer than 24 hours, despite the European Union prohibiting such a measure, and whether immigrants who are proven to be taking advantage of European regulations should be immediately expelled. The consultation, which has triggered harsh reactions in Brussels, also asks Hungarian whether immigrants should be expected to work while in Hungary to defray the cost of accommodation and food.

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