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Czech Republic ready to help EU tackle migration but rejects quotas

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 18, 2019
The Czech Republic is ready to help find a common European solution to migration, but refuses to accept migrant distribution quotas, the country's Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek said.
Tomas Petricek
European problems   Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek
Petricek was reacting to German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer's comment that the Czech readiness to participate in a joint solution in migration is close to zero.

Seehofer told a press conference in Berlin earlier on Wednesday during the presentation of the Federal Police Annual Report that "We have no European solution at all".

"Czechia is ready to help in the joint European tackling of migration, but binding quotas are still unacceptable for us," said Petricek in response.

He said the Czech Republic has helped financially and by sending its police and soldiers to the countries along the migrant routes to help local authorities.

Petricek also said the solution to the migration problem should be sought before refugees reach Europe.

"Migration needs to be addressed in the countries of origin. I think that all of us across the EU agree on this," he said.

The countries of the so-called Visegrad Four (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) has refused to redistribute refugees for a long time.