Hungary to hold October referendum on EU migrant scheme

Around 400,000 migrants and refugees passed through Hungary in 2015 before the government sealed off the southern borders with razor wire and fences in the autumnHungary will hold a referendum on October 2 on EU plans to relocate migrants among member states, a scheme fiercely opposed by right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban, the president said Tuesday. “As president of the republic I decree that the referendum will be held on October 2,” President Janos Ader said in a statement. Orban’s government voted against the European Union’s plan to relocate 160,000 migrants around the 28-nation bloc via mandatory quotas but the scheme was approved by a majority of member states in September.

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