The EU’s top court has rejected a challenge by Hungary and Slovakia to a migrant relocation deal drawn up at the height of the crisis in 2015, BBC report.
The European Court of Justice overruled their objections to the compulsory fixed-quota scheme.
Hungary has not accepted a single asylum seeker under the scheme since it was introduced two years ago.
It was an attempt to ease the pressure on frontline countries such as Greece and Italy.
But the ruling has sparked fury, with Hungary’s foreign minister vowing: “The real fight starts now.”
Why was this scheme introduced?
Since 2014, about 1.7 million migrants have tried to make new homes in the EU in the worst migrant crisis since World War Two.
Those fleeing war and persecution, many from the Middle East, are entitled to asylum under European and international law.
The numbers peaked in 2015, and in September that year, European leaders agreed to spread a total of 160,000 migrants “in clear need of international protection” among member states over two years.
To date, only 28,000 people have actually been relocated.