Poland will definitely not be taking in any fake “asylum seekers” from Africa or the Middle East, but will continue to offer shelter to neighboring Ukrainians who are fleeing conflict in that country, new Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has announced.
Speaking in an interview with Polish Television, Morawiecki said his government would “maintain firmly the position that was formed by the [ruling] Law and Justice party before the elections [more than two years ago] that we will not be accepting migrants from North Africa and the Middle East in Poland.”
Poland opposes the mandatory quota system for immigrants from North Africa and the Middle East, but also assists and will provide financial and other assistance to victims of conflict in their host countries and refugee camps, he said.
At the same time, the minister pointed out that Poland was actively participating in “reducing tensions” on the European Union’s eastern borders.
He added that Poland had helped to reduce tensions on the eastern borders of the European Union and adopted tens of thousands of refugees from the east of Ukraine, as well as more than a million Ukrainian labor migrants.
He added that the biggest challenge for the coming year was to improve the quality of health services and improve the health system in Poland. Problems in these areas, he said, had grown worse over the previous ten years, and could not be corrected within a short time.
He added that the main theme of his talks with Prime Minister of Hungary Victor Orban on Wednesday, January 3, would be the strengthening of cooperation between the Visegrad states as well as cooperation with each on issues concerning the European Union.
On Dec. 7, 2017, the European Commission decided to refer Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic to the Court of Justice of the EU “for non-compliance with their legal obligations on relocation.”