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Czech Republic and Slovakia deny EU refugee quotas

September 08, 2015, 19:38 UTC+3 PRAGUE
"None of the migrants from the Middle East and Northern Africa who are swarming into Western Europe want to stay in our country," Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico said in Bratislava
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PRAGUE, September 8 /TASS/. Czech and Slovak leaderships have refused to accept refugee quotas offered by the European Commission.

"Milos Zeman [Czech president] is categorically against this initiative and fully supports the government’s negative stance on the quotas," the Czech president’s spokesperson, Jiri Ovcacek, told journalists on Tuesday.

Slovakia has also said it is impossible to discuss the idea of mandatory distribution of migrants among the EU states.

"We cannot accept it at least for the reason that none of the migrants from the Middle East and Northern Africa who are swarming into Western Europe want to stay in our country," Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico said in Bratislava.

Vladimir Bachishin, a professor and leading expert of the Pan-European University in Bratislava, has discarded as unfair the criticism of Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann and rebukes of other West European politicians who said that the Czech Republic and Slovakia were slowing down the migration crisis settlement by refusing to accept the refugee quotas.

"Politicians in neighboring Austria cannot but make strong statements against the post-Soviet states, which are allegedly ignoring the common cause of fighting the crisis," Bachishin said adding those statements were intended for Austrian voters in the first place who want to know who is responsible for the current migration crisis.

"Austrian politicians are under strong pressure. Their compatriots are very much concerned that the huge army of refugees is unwilling to leave the Austrian territory. The migrants want to stay in rich Austria and other western countries with a high level of socio-economic development. It is absolutely impossible to make them stay in our country," Bachishin explained.

He believes that the most effective way to fight uncontrolled migration is to strengthen the external borders of the Schengen zone.

"If the EU countries fail to effectively protect their borders, they should expect increasing refugee flows from unfavourable regions streaming into Europe," Bachishin said.

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