Poland reserved over EC refugee proposals
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Poland's interior ministry has expressed reservations over the European Commission's Wednesday recommendation that Poland should take on 2,659 refugees from Syria and Eritrea.
Syrian refugees. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
In proposals put forward in Brussels, each member state was called on to accept a proportion of the refugees that are crossing the Mediterranean to Italy and Greece.
The refugees would be relocated within a two-year period.
“The acceptance of refugees should be applied on a voluntary basis,” argued Interior Ministry spokesperson Małgorzata Wożniak in an interview with Polish Radio.
She said that the ministry is maintaining its previously aired position that each member state should decide according to its capabilities.
Wożniak stressed that at present, Poland is expecting a further wave of refugees from Ukraine.
Nevertheless, a spokesperson for Amnesty International has told Polish Radio that “Poland should accept the refugees in the name of solidarity and responsibility.”
Weronika Rokicka of the Polish wing of Amnesty International noted that many of the refugees might have been slain, had they not fled the conflicts in their homeland.
In an entirely separate matter, the Polish government said earlier this week that Poland will provide asylum to 200 Syrian Christians, following lobbying by the Warsaw-based Ester Foundation. (nh)