Print Edition - 2018-06-06  |  World News Digest

Czech PM rejects Merkel’s migration call

- AGENCIES, PRAGUE

Jun 6, 2018-

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis on Monday rejected a new “flexible” European Union approach to migration pushed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. At the weekend, Merkel proposed a “flexible system with division of labour” which could see countries that refuse to take in refugees compensate by making contributions in other areas. “We don’t want to compensate, why should we compensate with a contribution?” Babis said in an interview with the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “We have said clearly: it is our people, our businesses who will decide who will work and live with us.” Under a scheme introduced in 2015, asylum seekers from the frontline states of Greece and Italy were to be moved to other EU countries under a quota system, but Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic have refused to take almost any. Merkel’s proposal for a “flexible” system could see countries that refuse to take refugees instead provide financial aid to those on the front line.

Published: 06-06-2018 08:41

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