Slovak PM Fico says EU is committing ‘ritual suicide’

Slovak PM Fico says EU is committing ‘ritual suicide’ with refugee policy

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

An Iraqi refugee girl cries moments after arriving on a dinghy with other refugees and migrants on a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos on January 22, 2016

Slovak Prime Minister, Robert Fico, said on Tuesday that the European Union is committing a “ritual suicide” with its refugee policy, urging the union to stop the inflow of refugees fast.

Fico said the EU should stop the influx of all refugees.

Slovakia was one of the four EU member states that refused the refugee relocation plan in September, last year.

The mandatory quota plan to resettle 120,000 additional refugees across Europe had caused dispute in the EU, between Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia.

Slovakia had refused the quota of approximately 1,500 refugees and filed a lawsuit against the EU’s proposed quota system.

Slovakian officials had announced in 2015 that 200 new refugee arrivals were expected to enter Slovakia, but only Christians would be accepted.

Interior Ministry spokesman, Ivan Metik, spoke to the Wall Street Journal saying Muslims would not be accepted to the country because they would “not feel at home.”

"In Slovakia, we don’t have mosques," the official said.

“Therefore we only want to choose the Christians,” he added.

Babar Baloch, Central Europe spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, spoke regarding the issue, calling on countries to take an “inclusive approach.”

He criticised Slovakia’s approach, saying that the resettlement is greatly needed for many refugees who are at extreme risk and are among the world's most vulnerable groups.

"We encourage governments to take an inclusive approach while considering refugees for resettlement and should not base their selection on discrimination."

Fico said that Slovakia had 300 police officers ready to deploy at the external borders of the passport-free Schengen area and that tackling quotes was “nonsense.”

"We often stew in our own juices, tackling quotas which are nonsense... and in the meantime several thousand migrants arrive in Europe every day," the premier said.

Fico argued that he would not be able to “integrate them,” referring to the mostly young refugees.

"They would end up in a space with its own life and its own rules, and this is why I'm saying this idea is wrong and unfeasible," he added.