Hungary, Slovakia lose fight against European Union migration deal

Some eastern European states have resisted migration relocation plans

The European Court of Justice overruled Hungary and Slovakia's objections against migrant quotas introduced to ease the burden on countries such as Italy and Greece.

"This decision jeopardises the security and future of all of Europe", Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said. However, at the moment were allocated only about 25 thousand people.

The European Union says the bloc's migrant agreement with Turkey is working well but that more effort is needed to speed asylum applications.

At his press conference following the ruling the Commissioner Mr Avramopoulos downplayed any suggestion that the countries could be kicked out of the European Union for not complying.

"We will continue to work on having solidarity expressed in different ways other than forcing [on us] migrants from other countries that don't want to be here anyway", he said.

The EU was accused of "raping" its own values yesterday after its top court ruled that countries should be forced to accept refugees under a relocation scheme.

So far less than 28,000 people have been relocated in the face of opposition from several Eastern European countries notably Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

Despite the court ruling, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said her country will stick by its refusal to take in refugees.

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Slovakia prime minister Robert Fico said his government "fully respects the court's decision" but added that the quotas were "politically wrong".

Meant to last just two years, the measure adopted by the Council of the European Union calls for other EU member states to help relocate 120,000 migrants in need of worldwide protection.

"If the member states do not change their approach in the coming weeks we should then consider to take the last step in the infringement procedure: to refer Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic to the European Court of Justice".

It's not clear what consequences there will be, if any, for member states that refuse to take in migrants.

According to the International Organization for Migration, 125,860 migrants and refugees have arrived in Europe by sea so far this year. Hungary was asked to take 1,294 asylum seekers, Slovakia 802.

The court's decision could also give a boost to the discussions on the reform of the EU's asylum system, Giulia Lagana, a senior analyst at the Open Society European Policy Institute in Brussels told EUobserver.

"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.

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