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Hungary election body endorses referendum question on migrants quota

Published 29/02/2016

Hungary's election body has approved a referendum question on migrant quotas
Hungary's election body has approved a referendum question on migrant quotas

Hungary's national election board has endorsed a referendum question proposed by the government to reject a European Union quota plan for the resettlement of migrants and refugees.

The government says the referendum, unlikely to be held within less than four months, is needed because the EU is trying to make decisions which would diminish Hungary's sovereignty.

The question proposed for the referendum is whether Hungarians want the EU to settle non-Hungarians in the country without consent from Hungary's parliament.

Premier Viktor Orban's government is adamantly opposed to taking in migrants and has sued the EU over its initial plan to redistribute 160,000 migrants from Greece and Italy.

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