The introduction of migrant quotas once again threatens European cities and the Hungarian government maintains the position that the only acceptable quota is for sending back migrants, government spokesman István Hollik said. Hollik cited a statement by European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos who again urged member states on Tuesday to approve a migration quota included in a recent Maltese agreement. Hollik told a press conference that the Hungarian government would not yield to pressure and will not approve a mandatory settlement quota. “Instead of bringing in migrants, people who have come illegally must be removed from the territory of Europe,” he said.
The commissioner’s remarks only confirm that the outgoing European Commission in Brussels plans to spend its last days in office trying to push through the mandatory migrant quota, Hollik said. The approval and expansion of the Maltese quota agreement only serves to force member states and the EC to follow a predefined path, he added.