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Analysis: Mandatory refugee quotas failed once in past

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Prague, Sept 21 (CTK) – Mandatory quotas for the spread of refugees across the EU failed during the migration crisis in Malta six years ago, says an analysis that the Czech Interior Ministry sent Monday to Luxembourg, which currently presides the EU.

The analysis says the EU should better provide temporary protection for the migrants and that mandatory quotas are probably unlawful.

The analysis says there are three unclear points in the proposed mandatory refugee quotas proposal.

It is based on a model that the EU applied when it attempted to solve a Malta crisis, but it failed, the ministry writes.

“It is entirely unclear why the EU again applies the unsuccessful solution now and why it does not apply the alternative institute of ‘temporary protection’ which seems to be much more suitable for a solution to mass migration,” the ministry writes.

The Eurema project of solving the Malta crisis of 2009 was to be participated in by 15 EU countries that offered to take a total of some 600 migrants. However, they refused to go to countries like Slovakia, Hungary or Romania. The migrants (about 480 people) were eventually accepted by some ten countries.

It writes that it is not clear how the involuntary placing of a refugee in a certain state would be technically and legally carried out.

It is not clear either based on what a refugee will be kept in the assigned country and prevented from going elsewhere, the analysis writes.

It also claims that it has not been clearly said whether the involuntary placing of refugees is not at variance with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

The analysis writes that it remains unclear whether the EU member countries may reject the mandatory quotas through their national parliaments.

The Czech Interior Ministry has worked out the document before a meeting of the EU interior ministers on Tuesday that will be followed by a prime ministers’ summit on Wednesday.

The Czech Republic has long been refusing the European Commission’s plan for the mandatory extraordinary redistribution of 120,000 asylum applicants from three EU countries that are faced with the strongest migrant influx.

The Czech government mainly proposes a more consistent control of the EU border that should ensure a better regulation of the refugee inflow.

“It is important to deal with the causes of the migration crisis, not only its consequences. We are ready to actively help, particularly there where conflicts and problems arouse, with money, projects as well as personal engagement,” Interior Minister Milan Chovanec (Social Democrats, CSDD) said Monday.

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