Hungary to call referendum on mandatory migrant quotas

By REUTERS
February 24, 2016 14:39

 
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BUDAPEST - The Hungarian government has decided to call a referendum on the European Union's mandatory quotas on migrants, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Wednesday.

Orban said the migrant quotas would redraw the ethnic, cultural and religious map of Hungary and Europe.

"The government is responding to public sentiment now, we think that introducing resettlement quotas for migrants without the backing of the people equals an abuse of power," Orban told a news conference.

Orban's right-wing government has rejected the migrant quotas all along. Orban did not say when the referendum would be held.

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