Hungary votes on EU migrants quota amidst strong rejection in the country

A Hungarian government’s poster in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 28. The poster reads: “We should not take a risk, vote no (to refugees).” | Photo: Reuters
A Hungarian government’s poster in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 28. The poster reads: “We should not take a risk, vote no (to refugees).” | Photo: Reuters

People in Hungary are voting in a referendum on accepting mandatory EU quotas for relocating migrants.

Right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban opposes plans to relocate a total of 160,000 migrants across the bloc.

Under the scheme, announced after last year’s migrant crisis, Hungary would receive 1,294 asylum seekers.

Opinion polls suggest strong support for a rejection among those who say they will vote. To be valid, turnout needs to be over 50% of voters.

During the migrant crisis, Hungary became a transit state on the Western Balkan route to Germany and other EU destinations.

In an effort to curb the influx, it sealed its border with Serbia and Croatia. The measure was popular at home but criticised by human rights groups.

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