Hungarians to vote on European Union quotas to relocate refugees

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Prime Minister Viktor Orban
Prime Minister Viktor Orban

Hungarians are voting in a referendum today called by Prime Minister Viktor Orban seeking support for his opposition to any future European Union quotas to relocate refugees.

Nearly 8.3 million citizens can cast ballots and “No” votes supporting the government position are expected to be in the majority.

However there is uncertainty whether turnout will exceed the 50 per cent plus-one-vote threshold needed to be valid.

In a TV interview on Thursday, Mr Orban said: "If there are more 'no' votes than 'yes' votes, that means Hungarians do not accept the rule which the bureaucrats of the European Commission want to forcefully impose on us."
"The more migrants there are, the greater the risk of terror," he added, according to excerpts published by Reuters news agency.

The referendum’s question is: “Do you want the European Union to be able to prescribe the mandatory settlement of non-Hungarian citizens in Hungary even without the consent of Parliament?”

Polls show that the relentless campaign urging citizens to “send a message to Brussels” while associating migrants with terrorism has increased xenophobia in Hungary.