Migrant Crisis in Europe

Hungary is defiant and has rejected a request by Sweden to take 5,000 migrants. The Swedish government has threatened to take matters into court for violating the Dublin agreement.

The Hungarian government has vehemently opposed the redistribution of migrants from other European countries. Sweden however stressed that under the European Union Dublin agreement rules, the migrants should be returned to the European country where they initially registered.

Sweden’s Immigration and Justice Minister Morgan Johansson met with EU Migration and Asylum Commissioner Dimitis Avramopoulos in Brussels to discuss their concern on the issue with Hungary. Minister Johansson saidd that “It is the Commission’s responsibility to ensure that contracts are kept, and this is our opinion that Hungary did not follow the Dublin rules.”

Sweden’s Immigration and Justice Minister Morgan Johansson
Swedish Immigration and Justice Minister Morgan Johansson

He further adds that: “We have almost 5,000 cases where people are registered as asylum seekers in Hungary, but Hungary does not receive them when we send them back,”

Johansson pointed out that the EU Commission is bound to open a case against Hungary for violating the Dublin agreement.

This would be the second time that Hungary had refused to take back migrants who initially registered in the country before moving to another country. The Austrian government tried to return migrants back in September but was rejected at the Hungarian border.

After the rejection, Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka stated that “The European Union is in charge of … Dublin and states or groups of states that permanently break the law have to expect legal consequences.”

The Dublin agreement indicates that migrants seeking asylum should stay in the country where they initially applied for asylum. However, in 2015, at the peak of the migrant crisis, majority of the asylum seekers who applied in Hungary and Greece left and traveled to much more lucrative countries that provide a more accommodating welfare program such as Sweden and Germany.