Czechs not alone in opposing refugee quotas, says Zaorálek in Brussels


The Czech Republic is not alone in opposing the European Commission’s plan for compulsory quotas for accepting asylum seekers, according to the country’s foreign minister, Lubomír Zaorálek. Speaking after a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Tuesday, Mr. Zaorálek said several states had already made clear that such quotas would cause them problems. The Czech Republic would be required to take in over 500 refugees permanently and to process the asylum requests of around 9,000 others under the plan, which follows disasters in which large numbers of people have died at sea trying to reach Italy from North Africa.