A referendum will not help Hungary with the distribution of migrants, the expert said

MOSCOW, October 3 – RIA Novosti. A referendum will not help Hungary in the migration quota, the city will have to abide by the decisions which were adopted by the European Union in relation to the distribution of the refugees, said RIA Novosti head of the Department of integration processes, MGIMO-University MFA of Russia, RIAC expert Nikolai Kaveshnikov.

Earlier in Hungary held a referendum to determine the will of the citizens regarding policy on allocation of refugees in the countries of the European Union. The referendum was not voted on since the site came about 40% of the country’s citizens, whereas its approval is required will not be less than 50% of voters. At the same time from coming to a vote 98% answered negatively to the question “do you Want to see the EU had the right to prescribe compulsory resettlement of people not having Hungarian citizenship in Hungary without the consent of the Hungarian Parliament?”.

The Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban said that the Hungarian authorities after the failure of the referendum will continue the policy of opposition to the EU decision on the admission of refugees. As expected, the Orban would amend the Constitution to make the referendum legitimate.

According to the plan of the European Commission, Hungary will have to take 2.3 million migrants over the next two years.

“It is difficult to predict the further actions of Viktor Orban due to a very strong personal factor in Hungarian politics and some of the specifics in the current Hungarian political system. At the same time on the basis of simple considerations should be clearly understood that even if the Constitution is changed, these changes can not act after the fact on the last night of the referendum and will have to arrange a new one. At the same time, I want to note that all the actions of the government of Hungary on the issues of migration crisis and the referendum in particular should be assessed not from the point of view of some legal peculiarities, but as elements of political struggles and political bargaining with Brussels,” — said Kaveshnikov.

Thus, according to him, even if the referendum was voted on, Budapest would still have to comply with the obligations to implement the decisions that have been taken by the EU against immigration quotas.

“Even if the referendum was voted on and gave the result that you want, Viktor Orban, still it does not change existing legal obligations of those powers transferred to the European Union, and obligations on execution of those decisions, which were adopted by the European Union. However, the problem is that EU policy on the settlement of the migration crisis is really inefficient, and the evidence is not so much the actions of Hungary, how the actions and policies of a number of other EU countries. Decisions about the redistribution of migrants are not only Hungary, but many other EU countries, these countries just do not shout about it, and silently sabotage the process,” the expert added.

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