The Migration Referendum in Hungary

The referendum is formally a reaction to a package of proposals concerning the reformation of the European Union’s policies in the area of migration and asylum. One of the suggested measures included in the package is a relocation scheme for refugees, setting up mandatory quotas for each Member State.

The scheme was adopted through a couple of Council Decisions launched in September last year. As a response to this, the Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán announced the referendum in February this year. The question reads as follows; “Do you want the European Union to be entitled to prescribe the mandatory settlement of nonHungarian citizens in Hungary without the consent of the parliament?

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