Referendum on migrant issue taking place in Hungary: Hungary holds referendum on EU mandatory migrant plan - BBC

14:57 Oct. 2, 2016

Hungary holds referendum on EU mandatory migrant plan - BBC

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban exits a voting cabin after voting in the referendum in Budapest, Hungary, Oct. 2, 2016 (AP Images)

Hungarians are voting in a referendum on whether to accept mandatory EU quotas for relocating migrants

People in Hungary are going to a referendum to decide on EU mandatory quotas for relocating migrants. 

Voters are being asked: "Do you want the European Union to be able to mandate the obligatory resettlement of non-Hungarian citizens into Hungary even without the approval of the National Assembly?"

Read also: Europe's capabilities to host new waves of refugees close to limits - Tusk (video)

Right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban opposes plans to relocate a total of 160,000 migrants across the bloc.

Under the scheme, announced after last year's migrant crisis, Hungary would receive 1,294 asylum seekers.

Opinion polls suggest strong support for a rejection among those who say they will vote. To be valid, turnout needs to be over 50% of voters.

During the migrant crisis, Hungary became a transit state on the Western Balkan route to Germany and other EU destinations.

In an effort to curb the influx, it sealed its border with Serbia and Croatia. The measure was popular at home but criticised by human rights groups.

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