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Migrants should be returned to their home countries, Czech PM says

WARSAW (Reuters) – Migrants entering the European Union should be stopped and turned back to their home countries, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Thursday in Brussels ahead of negotiations surrounding a new EU migration plan next week.



a man wearing a suit and tie: Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis attends a a news conference in Prague


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Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis attends a a news conference in Prague

A meeting of EU heads of government to discuss a new migration plan, Belarus and coronavirus was postponed from Thursday until next week because European Council President Charles Michel, who normally chairs such gatherings, was quarantined.

“We have to change the system of grants and the quota system, it’s unacceptable for us. That’s why we should keep negotiating… the strategy should look like this – the people coming from these countries, they should be stopped and turned back to their countries and be given help there,” Babis said during a press conference.

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