EU court fines Hungary €200 million for asylum policy

The European Union’s top court has fined Hungary €200m (£169m) for failing to follow the union’s asylum policies.

The court will also impose a fine of 1 million euros per day until it changes its policy.

The European Court of Justice said Budapest was in breach of a 2020 ruling that it had violated EU laws by forcing asylum seekers to travel to Belgrade or kyiv to apply for a travel permit to enter Hungary.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, in a post on Brussels than its own European immigrants. the citizens”.

Hungary has taken a hard line on non-EU migrants since more than a million people entered the country in 2015, most fleeing the war in Syria. The Hungarian government erected border fences and tried to prevent many people from crossing.

EU states of law that anyone fleeing persecution in their country of origin has the right to request international protection and cannot be expelled to their home if there is a serious risk of death or torture.

In a press release on Thursday, the EU court said Hungary “deliberately” avoided implementing EU policy and its failure “constitutes an unprecedented and extremely serious breach of EU law.”

The failure included the country illegally detaining people seeking international protection and failing to respect their right to remain in Hungary until an appeal on their application was exhausted, the court said.

The court said Hungary’s failure to comply with EU laws shifted responsibility to other EU countries and undermined solidarity.

TO new EU policy on asylum that aims to speed up the asylum process requires member countries to take in thousands of migrants from “frontline” countries, such as Italy, Greece and Spain, or provide additional funds or resources.

In response, Hungary promised not to accept irregular migrants, regardless of any pact.

Hungary will take over the rotating presidency of the EU on July 1.

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