Central EU nations reject criticism of actions on migrants

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 31, 2015 at 7:30 a.m.



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BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's prime minister has rejected criticism from the West that European Union members from Central Europe are not doing enough to share the burden of the unprecedented influx of migrants.

Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland were among those that blocked a plan for EU members to take in set numbers of the refugees arriving in the EU.

Prime Minister Robert Fico says his country "will never agree" with such a system, insisted that most of the migrants are coming for economic reasons and should be returned.

Czech Premier Bohuslav Sobotka says leaders of the four nations are meeting on the migrant crisis in Prague at the end of the week. Migrants use the four nations mostly as transit countries on their way to wealthier EU nations.

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