Polish PM: We won’t be ‘blackmailed’ into taking refugees

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Poland's Prime Minister Beata Szydlo (C) speaks at the Central Eastern European (CEE) Innovators Summit, in Warsaw, Poland, 28 March 2017.

Polish PM: We won’t be ‘blackmailed’ into taking refugees


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The European Union’s immigration policy is a failure and Poland will not be “blackmailed” into taking in refugees, warned Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło. She was speaking after a meeting in Warsaw with her counterparts from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.

As reported by Radio Poland online, Szydło slammed the EU’s migration commissioner, Dimitris Avramopoulos, for telling the bloc’s interior ministers that there should be “no more excuses” and “no more talk about relocation, but delivery”.

Szydło also referred to a statement by the German interior minister, who said that the European Commission “must ensure the law [on refugees] is respected and has the tools to do so.”

Szydło said such statements are “a misunderstanding and a blackmail attempt”.

“The Visegrad group, including Poland, will never agree to blackmail and will not agree to such terms being dictated to them,” she said.

In September 2015, EU leaders decided that each country would accept a number of asylum seekers over two years to alleviate the pressure on Greece and Italy, which have seen a flood of asylum seekers from the Middle East.

According to the European Commission, only Austria, Poland and Hungary have not accepted any people from migrant camps in Italy and Greece, while Malta and Finland are the only countries to have fulfilled their obligations.

In an interview with Polish Radio, Polish deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Gowin said: “Resolving the problem is based on eliminating the source of the problem that is bringing peace to the Middle East”.

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