The European Union’s high court decided, not surprisingly, that all EU countries must accept their assigned number of migrants, by force if necessary.
When the European migrant crisis began in 2015, Europe’s leaders, most notably German Chancellor Angela Merkel, were quick to announce that Europe would welcome the world’s weary and needy, no questions asked. It would not slam its doors on people fleeing civil war, persecution, and poverty. But as is so often the case in the European Union, what the elites in Brussels had to say had little to do with how many of its member states felt, especially those newest and smallest members in the east.
So when the EU announced in 2016 that it was implementing a migrant quota program to help ease the burden being carried by Greece and Italy, which were bearing the brunt of the migrant crisis, it provoked some resistance.