European Court Orders EU Countries To Take Migrants

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Authored by Soeren Kern via The Gatestone Institute,

  • The September 6 ruling, which has been hailed as a victory for European federalism, highlights the degree to which the European Union has usurped decision-making powers from its 28 member states. The ruling also showcases how the EU's organs of jurisprudence have become politicized.
  • Many so-called asylum seekers have refused to relocate to Central and Eastern Europe because the financial benefits there are not as generous as in France, Germany or Scandinavia.
  • "Let us not forget that those arriving have been raised in another religion, and represent a radically different culture. Most of them are not Christians, but Muslims. This is an important question, because Europe and European identity is rooted in Christianity. Is it not worrying in itself that European Christianity is now barely able to keep Europe Christian? If we lose sight of this, the idea of Europe could become a minority interest in its own continent." — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

The European Union's highest court has rejected a complaint by Hungary and Slovakia over the legality of the bloc's mandatory refugee quota program, which requires EU member states to admit tens of thousands of migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that the European Commission, the powerful executive arm of the European Union, has the legal right to order EU member states to take in so-called asylum seekers, and, conversely, that EU member states have no legal right to resist those orders.

The September 6 ruling, which has been hailed as a victory for European federalism, highlights the degree to which the European Union has usurped decision-making powers from its 28 member states. The ruling also showcases how the European Union's organs of jurisprudence have become politicized.

Opponents of the relocation scheme say that decisions about the granting of residence permits should be kept at the national level, and that by unilaterally imposing migrant quotas on EU member states, unelected bureaucrats in Brussels are seeking to force the democratically elected leaders of Europe to submit to their diktat.

The dispute dates back to September 2015, when, at the height of Europe's migration crisis, EU member states narrowly voted to relocate 120,000 "refugees" from Italy and Greece to other parts of the bloc. This number was in addition to a July 2015 plan to redistribute 40,000 migrants from Italy and Greece.

Of the 160,000 migrants to be "shared," nine countries in Central and Eastern Europe were ordered to take in around 15,000 migrants. Although the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia voted against the agreement, they were still required to comply.

Since then, several states have refused to accept their assigned quotas of migrants. Poland, for example, has a quota of 6,182 migrants, not one of whom has been admitted. The Czech Republic has a quota of 2,691 migrants, of whom only 12 have been taken. Hungary has a quota of 1,294, none of whom has been admitted.

In the EU as a whole, so far only around 25,000 migrants have been relocated (7,873 from Italy and 16,803 from Greece), according to the EU's latest relocation and resettlement report, published on July 26, 2017. Of the 28 EU member states, only Latvia and Malta have taken in their full quotas — a combined total of 469 migrants.

Many so-called asylum seekers have refused to relocate to Central and Eastern Europe because the financial benefits there are not as generous as in France, Germany or Scandinavia. Hundreds of migrants who have been relocated to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which rank among the poorest countries in the EU, have since fled to Germany and other wealthier countries in the bloc.

Hungary and Slovakia, backed by Poland, argued that the European Union broke its own rules and exceeded its powers when it approved the quota system with a "qualified majority" — around two thirds of the bloc's members. They also argued that the relocation scheme is a direct violation of the European Union's Dublin Regulation, a law that requires people seeking refuge within the EU to do so in the first European country they reach.

The European Court of Justice ruled that a qualified majority vote was sufficient because the EU "was not required to act unanimously when it adopted the contested decision." The ruling, which did not mention the Dublin Regulation, concluded: "The mechanism actually contributes to enabling Greece and Italy to deal with the impact of the 2015 migration crisis and is proportionate."

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto called the court ruling "outrageous and irresponsible" and "contrary to the interests of the European nations, including Hungary." He added: "The decision puts at risk the security of all of Europe and the future of all of Europe as well."


Szijjarto vowed that Hungary would continue to challenge any attempts by the EU resettle migrants in Hungary without its approval. "The real battle is only just beginning," he said, adding that the decision was political: "Politics has raped European law and values."


Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico said that while he "respected" the court's decision, his government's opposition to the relocation plan "has not changed at all." He added: "We will continue to work on having solidarity expressed in different ways other than forcing on us migrants from other countries that do not want to be here anyway."


Polish Prime Minister Beata Szyd?o also was defiant: "I was convinced that the court would make such a decision, but this absolutely does not change the stance of the Polish government with respect to migration policy."

After the ruling of the European Court of Justice that the EU has the legal right to order member states to take in so-called asylum seekers, and that member states have no right to resist those orders, Polish PM Beata Szyd?o was defiant, saying, "this absolutely does not change the stance of the Polish government with respect to migration policy." (ECJ photo by Transparency International/Flickr; Szyd?o photo by Polish PM Chancellery)

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said that the ruling means Eastern European member states must abide by the refugee sharing scheme: "I always said to our Eastern European partners that it is right to clarify questions legally if there is doubt. But now we can expect all European partners to stick to the ruling and implement the agreements without delay."

EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos welcomed the ECJ ruling: "ECJ confirms relocation scheme valid. Time to work in unity and implement solidarity in full." He warned holdouts of legal action if they do not comply with the refugee obligations "in coming weeks."

The European Commission has already initiated legal action against the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland for failing to take in their quotas of migrants. The so-called infringement procedure, which authorizes the Commission to sue member states that are considered to be in breach of their obligations under EU law, could lead to massive financial penalties.

The ECJ ruling and the continued threats from Brussels are likely to help Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orbán in his campaign for re-election in 2018. In a recent opinion survey, Orbán's Fidesz party polled at 53%, followed by the nationalist Jobbik party, at 21%. He has said that his campaign platform would focus on boosting the economy, improving security and preserving national identity.

Orbán, who has emerged as the standard-bearer of European opposition to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's "open-door" migration policy, has repeatedly warned that Muslim migrants are threatening Europe's Christian identity:

"Let us not forget that those arriving have been raised in another religion, and represent a radically different culture. Most of them are not Christians, but Muslims. This is an important question, because Europe and European identity is rooted in Christianity. Is it not worrying in itself that European Christianity is now barely able to keep Europe Christian? If we lose sight of this, the idea of Europe could become a minority interest in its own continent."

At a September 3 campaign rally in the town of Kötcse, Orbán cited expert predictions that more than 60 million people are expected to make their way from Africa into Europe during the next 20 years — thereby pushing Europe's Muslim population to above 20% by 2030. "The Islamization of Europe is real," Orbán warned.

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SoDamnMad's picture

Bring them on to Poland. They will tow the line or disappear very quickly.  Polexit? 

Manthong's picture


You ain’t going to stuff muslim terrorists down Hungarian throats.


Manthong's picture


This is really going to be beautiful….

The people that were most impacted by Marxist garbage will be the ones that got that crap shoved  down their throats by the liberal cultural Marxists scamsters in the EU parliament, but prior to that the soviet communists.

The east dudes know better.

Do you realize that there is something like over 30,000 parasites in Brussels sucking the lifeblood out of broke countries like Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal and all?

..kind of like “K” Street in Washington, DC.


sickavme's picture

Do those EU morons really think these countries are gonna roll over and bark like the french do?


Quite possibly, the final nail in the EU coffin. 


Watch for repeats of Brexit in the near future.

Ofelas's picture

Founding father of the EU was Count Coudenhove-Kalergi, who financed by the US in later years wanted a mixed race Europe of plebs to undertake basic work, while the elites ruled! 

All can be read on "Pan-Europa" and "Adel"



Swampster's picture


wildbad's picture

read Tommy Robinson's new book "Mohammed's Koran.

You will instantly see the duplicitous nature of Islam and the Mis-Leaders at the top of the Eugenic €U pyramid.

Rubicon's picture

I can assure you that any migrant posted to Poland will want to get their arse over the Oder asap. There is nothing here for them.

Manthong's picture


Arff.. arff

Or is that l’arf..l’arf ?

Manthong's picture


It is still hard to comprehend how the good German people could allow that East German Stasi witch to destroy their country and culture.

new game's picture

eu spokeperson: we suicided ourselves for the sake humanity...

history will look back at this era of progressive think as the turn back towards the dark ages.

An age where religious lunatic values rule with the hard fist of total brainwash. church and state reunited...

but first the euro peoples must determine if they have the balls and short hairs to kill or be killed.

simple shit maynard...

just survival on display.

Swampster's picture

It all depends of if the 'nazi jew world order is successful....

Mareka's picture

Hey, some dude in Brussels called.

They are sending over 2 North African Muslim dudes to live in your daughter's bedroom.

Please get your place clened up and be ready to add them to your insurance policies.

BTW you need to get any pork products out of your fridge and tell you wife to change the way she dresses so you don't offend them.

We went ahead and took the locks off of your doors so you won't have to get new keys.

Brussels had a meeting that you were not invited to and decided that you had agreed to these terms.



TahoeBilly2012's picture

String up the Neo Bolsheviks!

adonisdemilo's picture

If they're not backed up by a SWAT team they won't get past the garden gate.

newdoobie's picture

The EU banks will take all their money and central commission will declare the election of these peeps ileagle. Will Poland role the tanks?

EuroPox's picture

The Marxist garbage in Brussels has a big problem - it can't use qualified majority votes for everything.  So, next time an issue comes along where the EU needs a unamimous vote, the Visegrad members will have them over a barrel.  

The EU is tearing itself apart on so many issues now that it cannot possibly survive.

Thoresen's picture

Unfortunately 48% of the UK can't see the problem. And these migrants finish up queuing to get into Britain. After Brexit they'll be coming in via the Irish Republic border.

I just hope that Ireland wakes up in time and solves the Northern Ireland border problem by exiting the EU itself.

OverTheHedge's picture

If UK can have border agents on the French side of the Channel, I don't see why they cant have border agents in the Irish ports, checking as people enter Ireland. Thereafter, no need to have border checks on the Northern Ireland border, although the whole tax/smuggling/arbitrage thing will need some work.

Interestingly, as a provider of tourist accommodation to European holiday-makers in Greece, this year there has been a significant increase in the number of Belgians. I wouldn't like to say that other countries are going off Greek holidays (although the Brits are down in number, owing to the sudden exchange-rate surprise), but it does seem to me anecdotally that the Belgians, with their national Gravy Train economy, are the only people who can actually afford holidays this year. At some point, the entirety of Europe will be working to support Belgian administrators.

JohninMK's picture

We have border control in France , effectively moving our border to Calais. We do not control who goes into France.

Your suggestion would not be the same as it implies us controlling who goes into Ireland, not those who want to exit to the UK. To be the same as France would mean UK immigration the other side of the land border to NI which does not make sense as there is no moat behind them.

The NI border is a really big potential problem.

Once we are out and it proves to be a success I can envisage Ireland wanting to join us, as long as we pay them what the EU does now. What we need are a few politicians with vision. Don't laugh!

EuroPox's picture

Ireland is the next issue that the EU intends to create.  They have said the British plans (essientially for no formal border) are unworkable but they have not put forward any plans themselves.  Neither the RoI nor the UK will ever agree to putting the border back, so if the EU does not back down, Ireland's only choice will be to leave (they just haven't fully realised it yet).  

As a side issue, if the EU does back down, just wait for Mercedes, BMW, etc to build car plants in Ireland and export "from the EU to the UK" - what a joke that will be!

Tiritmenhrta's picture

Just tell me someone please, where is the difference between EU and the Soviet era for the EE countries? Wait, got it, the Soviet era was much better...

BarkingCat's picture

It seems that way having lived through the Soviet days on the inside and watching the EU days on the outside.


Withdrawn Sanction's picture

I believe it was in response to a court ruling against one of his myriad constitutional violations that Lincoln said, fine, let the judge enforce his order.

Courts, as even the syphilitic Lincoln knew, are essentially powerless. Moreover, since the rule of law has been cast by the west into the dustbin of history, let the EU member states tell the judge to cram it.

This is just speeding the inevitable dissolution of Europe's flawed grand experiment. None too soon neither.

SilverRhino's picture

That was Andrew Jackson actually. 

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

The Marxist judges in Brussels won't be taking any of these "migrants" under their OWN roofs, either - COUNT ON IT.

StarGate's picture

Hungary already had communism.
If it did not like that, it won't like sharia confines.

Obviously EU the European "A NU World Order" authority had planned for Jihadist radicals to create internal chaos in Europe so the EU could use its secret army to shut down Europe as a former free world -- forever.

And Poland and Hungary are just not as stupid as Sweden and Germany.
England and France are waking up -- but perhaps too late.

StychoKiller's picture

Before the Soviets, there was the Ottoman empire, occupying eastern European countries.  Time to either forget their History or leave the EU!

BandGap's picture

There is no discussion in Poland, their minds are made up. They fully understand what is going on.


gadzooks's picture

How to start world wars in 7 easy steps by euro-Commy elitists.

serotonindumptruck's picture

This edict should help expedite the dissolution of the EU.

Lore's picture

German election = Sunday, September 24.  Be sure that the psychopaths will do all in their power to rig it and disrupt it. 

But it'll be a cold day in hell when anybody I talk to votes for Merkel.  She is a servant of evil.  She and her kind need to be removed. 

Any bets that SHTF prior to Christmas? 


2banana's picture

An EU court with appointed Marxist hack "judges" orders European nations to commit cultural suicide.

"How many divisions does the EU Court have?" - to paraphrase Stalin.

It will come down to force.

People fighting for their families and culture on one side.

On the other?  Mercenaries...


land_of_the_few's picture

Seems Stalin never said such a thing. But other people did say something similar, such as Bismarck and Napoleon.

Bismarck said it because he was trying to enact some anti-Catholic laws in Prussia in 1872 or so.



2banana's picture

The Pope! How many divisions has he got?

  • Said sarcastically to Pierre Laval in 1935, in response to being asked whether he could do anything with Russian Catholics to help Laval win favour with the Pope, to counter the increasing threat of Nazism; as quoted in The Second World War (1948) by Winston Churchill vol. 1, ch. 8, p. 105.

JohninMK's picture

"How many divisions does the EU Court have?" - to paraphrase Stalin.

Or put another way, the EU is very much a product of US plans for its vassals. So, how many divisions does the US now have in the EU and is it reinforcing them currently as fast as it can? To face a 'Russian' threat! Right!

Oh look, most of them are in Germany and Eastern Europe, what a coincidence.

Grave's picture

millions of military age muzis, imported exactly for this reason.
they will be armed and paid to form "euro" muzi army which will then be used to invade and subjugate uncooperative countries and enforce fascist rule of totalitarian eu regime (european caliphate).

the best thing for east bloc countries is to leave eu and raise the iron curtain immediately (and permanently).

then kick out all nazi/zionazi lackeys, mercenaries, traitors and collaborators.

join brics

Laderic's picture

None of them want to come to Poland, because theres no welfare waiting for them. You have to actually work, so they will be gone first night.

Does Germany want Poland to build camps to keep them by force? Maybe they will share some know-how?

land_of_the_few's picture

"I must say I have never experienced anything like what I have been experiencing in Poland for the past 6 months. If you are black and you walk the streets of Warsaw – the capital, Poland’s largest metropolis – the stares are so intense they would burn a hole through your brain if they packed such powers. Poland trumps any place I’ve ever been. It wins the staring contest hands down. Not even China has anything on Poland in this regard. If you look different in Poland, you will be stared at from the moment you leave your home to the moment you return. But in Poland, not all stares are alike or mean the same. Here are the main types of stares I’ve identified”"

2banana's picture

Trying being white/Polish walking through North Philly or South Chicago or Compton or Camden or...

Stares will be the LEAST of your problems.

squint's picture

Poland is still recovering from WWII and decades of communism. It is foreign owned, the Poles make 1/3 of west european wages and their social services can't adequately support their own people's needs.

Poland is not Germany and did not invite them. As the saying goes you can't invite the economic migrants to a party and then force your neighbours to take them for a sleep over.

SoDamnMad's picture

Right now the UN WFP is feeding half (or more) of Africa including food to Zimbabwe who, under a majority of white farmers use to export a lot of food.

Mugabe murdered the white farmers, gave a lot of their land to his thugs and now can't feed his country. I am sure the UN World Food Program turns over the food to the government who turns around and gives it to the "connected" ones. All these want to migrate to Europe for the free shit and the good life.

JohninMK's picture

Just wait until South Africa tries to do the same to its white farmers, maybe as soon as next year.

UselessEater's picture

Mugabe did more than that. Watch when you an hour:

"Zimbabwe: We Are A Disabled Country" - John Robertson (Robertson Economics) lays out very simply and accurately step by step the mechanics of the collapse of the Rhodesian economy and the Rhodesian dollar rather than just despot-bashing without details.
wisehiney's picture

Same old shit.

Why my ancestors came here. 

Literally over 400 years ago.

No where left to run.

But we will make our own place/space again.

In spite of the maniacal losers.

Like always.

When we have nothing left to lose.

Is when we gain everything.


The Alarmist's picture

"Massive financial penalties" means a reduction of subsidies these countries receive from the rest of the EU. At the end of the day, money is to a politician as heroin is to an addict. I would be genuinely surprised if they don't take some refugees to keep the cash flowing from Mutti.

OverTheHedge's picture

Do we know the exact status of these people? Are they refugees, from, say, Syria, or are they just migrants from Africa generally? I can see the Poles taking their quota, fast-tracking the asylum requests, and denying everyone and throwing the lot back out again.

Would that be frowned upon in Brussels?