Hungary has refused a request from the Swedish government to take in 5,000 asylum seekers from the European country, reports Breitbart.
The outlet states that Hungary plans to take this issue to court.
Breitbart writer Chris Tomlinson points out that Hungary has long been opposed to the redistribution of refugees from other European countries. Hungary even held a referendum on the topic in October.
Svenska Dagbladet reports that the Swedish government is insisting that EU rules state migrants must be returned to Hungary, where they first registered.
The outlet states that irritation is growing over the matter as Sweden’s immigration minister states it is Hungary’s “duty” to take the refugees in.
If Hungary does not change its stance, Sweden is reportedly prepared to present the case before the European Commission.
According to the Dublin agreement, which Sweden is citing as the reason Hungary needs to reclaim the refugees, asylum seekers must remain in the country they first applied for asylum in.
Austria has run into problems with Hungary over this issue in the past. In September, thousands of refugees Austria was sending back to Hungary were refused at the border. Austria ultimately threatened to take the matter to court.
“States or groups of states that permanently break the law have to expect legal consequences,” Austrian interior minister Wolfgang Sobotka said at the time.
A Hungarian spokesperson responded by stating, “Hungary cannot and will not take responsibility for, and suffer the consequences of the irresponsible conduct of other member states — Austria, Germany — which expressly suggested ignoring the rules, or for other states — Greece — that neglected to do their job.”
As for why migrants are making the jump from Sweden to Hungary, The New York Times states that “they see Hungary as having a thin veneer of prosperity, but being fundamentally relatively poor and still developing.”