The Czech Republic is not prepared to accept any more than the 12 migrants it has already taken under the quota scheme set up by the European Union. The country has only accepted 12 refugees out of its quota of around 1,600 set by Brussels.
“As gradually we check the remaining refugees, I think it is not possible to take anyone else. It is then up to the government to assess if it was worth sanctions or not. In my opinion – yes. You cannot let people here without control,” Interior Minister Milan Chovanec has said.
The European Commission had suggested to establish a quota system in 2015, when the heightened influx of refugees suspended the Dublin agreement as a matter of fact. Under the quota system, each member state is allotted a certain number of refugees that it should take in.
The Czech Republic, along with Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, have been the countries most opposed to the mandatory refugee quotas set by the EU.