Czech Republic Refuses Refugees, EU Considers Penalty

2017/06/12 – EU to open case against Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic over migration – Reuters

2017/6/05 – Czechs halt taking migrants from Italy, Greece under EU relocation scheme – Reuters

The Czech Republic will halt taking in migrants under an EU scheme to share asylum seekers who arrived in Greece and Italy, citing security concerns, the government agreed on Monday.

Under a plan agreed in 2015, the European Commission wants EU member states to each admit a quota from a total of 160,000 asylum seekers stuck in the two Mediterranean countries. Most have fled conflicts and poverty in the Middle East and Africa.

But several EU members including the Czech Republic have protested the decision and some have refused to take in any people under the scheme.


“Due to the aggravated security situation and the dysfunctionality of the whole system, the government approved… a proposal to halt this system for the Czech Republic,” Chovanec told a news conference following a cabinet meeting.

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