File - In this file photo dated Tuesday Sept. 15, 2015, refugees queue as they arrive at the border between Austria and Hungary, at Heiligenkreuz, Austria. (AP Photo/Christian Bruna)
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The European Union's top court Wednesday rejected legal action by Hungary and Slovakia seeking to avoid accepting refugees under an EU-wide plan, a decision seen as a victory for those countries bearing the greatest burden of Europe's migrant influx.Hungary branded the ruling "outrageous and irresponsible," while Slovakia said it would accept the verdict even if it still opposes legally binding EU refugee quotas.Human rights group Amnesty International welcomed the ruling, saying Hungary and Slovakia had been trying to turn their countries into "refugee-free zones". EU nations agreed in September 2015 to relocate 160,000 refugees from Greece and Italy over two years, but only around 27,700 people have been moved so far, according to figures released Wednesday.Hungary and Slovakia were seeking to have the plan annulled. Hungary and Poland have refused to take part altogether, while Slovakia has accepted only a handful of refugees from Greece.Szijjarto said Hungary would focus on defending the EU's external border against incoming migrants and asylum-seekers and urged the EU to abandon its "unsuccessful" refugee-sharing plan.Slovakia is not included in the legal action as it recently agreed to host a few refugees.
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