BRUSSELS is set to slap EU states with eye-watering fines of €250,000 for every refugee they refuse – twisting states’ arms into accepting controversial migrant quotas.
The financial penalty, which would see countries who wish to retain control of their own borders fined hundreds of millions of euros, is expected to be unveiled tomorrow.
With countries including Hungary refusing to accept quotas of migrants issued by the European Union, the huge financial threat has been introduced to prevent states from choosing who to accept in their countries.
The deliberately high fine of €250,000 per asylum seeker will leave countries with no choice but to accept thousands of migrants – or face huge penalties.
Poland, for example, would be forced to pay €1.5billion if they kept their borders closed to the 6,200 migrants on their quota.
An EU source revealed: “The size of the contribution may change but the idea is to make it appear like a sanction.”
Another added that the penalty would be “hundreds of thousands of euros.”
Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban declared that the EU does not have the authority to fine countries, arguing “the EU is not the Soviet Union.”
He said: “No one can force anything on us which the Hungarian people do not want.”
With the country preparing for a referendum on whether it should accept EU demands on refugee numbers, Mr Orban also warned that migrant quotas increased the threat of terrorism.
He said: “There is a link between migrants and terrorism, and these people seek vengeance against European countries.
“Those who are in favour of freedom of movement must support walls and border controls: this is the Hungarian standpoint.
“My approach on the migrant situation is completely different from that of the European Commission, and I don’t believe that migration can solve demographic and economic difficulties.”