Poland's Prime Minister says country will accept no refugees as EU threatens legal action over quotas, Right-wing government holding ground after reversing commitment to resettle thousands of migrants, by Lizzie Dearden, 5/14/17
Poland’s Prime Minister has claimed the country “cannot accept refugees” as the EU threatens legal action against nations failing to comply with quotas
Alongside Hungary and Austria, it is one of only three countries not to have relocated a single refugee, “in breach of their legal obligations” and commitments. “This cannot be the responsibility of just a few member states – this must be shared be all,” said Dimitris Avramopoulos, the European Commissioner for migration. London terror attack is about Britain's refugee policy, says Polish PM
But Prime Minister Beata Szydło told a press conference there had been no formal agreement to compulsory quotas, which Hungary and Poland voted against. “A critical attitude towards the mechanism of migrant relocation is becoming increasingly widespread in the European Union,” she claimed, according to a translation by state broadcaster Poland Radio. “Poland cannot accept refugees.”
Austria has finally pledged to accept eligible asylum seekers from Italy, but the EU has warned Poland and Hungary that they have until June to start accepting refugees or face sanctions.
The ruling Law and Justice Party has taken a hard line on migration. “I call on Poland and Hungary who have not relocated a single person to start doing so right now,” Mr Avramopoulos told reporters
(AgencjaGazeta/Slawomir Kaminski/via Reuters)
“If no action is taken by them before the next report in June, the Commission will not hesitate to make use of its powers under the treaties and to open infringement procedures.”
In September 2015, EU states committed to relocating up to 160,000 refugees from overcrowded camps in Greece and Italy countries within two years – later lowering the target - but the total is on track to hit less than 40,000 by its deadline.
But fewer than 18,500 people have been resettled so far and while Poland has been assigned 6,200 refugees, none have been admitted.
The country committed to taking in up to 10,000 migrants at the start of the crisis but after winning the 2015 elections, the populist Law and Justice party (PiS) reversed the decision.
Mariusz Blaszczak, the interior minister, stuck by the position on Wednesday despite the EU’s warnings.
RWW Applauds Poland
A heroine for our times: Trump should invite Polish Prime Minister to White House!, by Ann Corcoran 5/26/17
If Donald Trump (the real Donald Trump ) is still a free man!, he should invite Beata Szydło to a meeting in the Oval Office followed by a lavish state dinner at the White House.
He would send a message to the wimps in Europe, to the cheapskates at NATO, and remind voters here of his promises to keep America safe (not to mention thrilling hardworking/patriotic Polish Americans!).
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