Poland announces refugee numbers
PR dla Zagranicy
Deputy Foreign Minister Rafał Trzaskowski has confirmed that Poland has agreed to accept fewer than 7,000 refugees as part of an EU programme.
Migrants children from Syria shelter from the rain in front of the registration camp in the town of Presevo, South Serbia, 20 October 2015. About 6,000 migrants entered into Serbia from Macedonia during the last 24 hours said in the Serbian Commissariat for Refugees. Photo: EPA/DJORDJE SAVIC
Trzaskowski said that contrary to the allegations of the opposition, Poles were clearly informed as to the findings in this case.
The Deputy Foreign Minister told Polish Radio that at the beginning of the refugee crisis which has swept across Europe, the government voluntarily agreed to accept 2,000 refugees.
“In contrast, more difficult negotiations were held at a later stage. […] In the latter negotiations, we agreed to less than 5,000 [extra refugees]. This is a total of less than 7,000,” Trzaskowski stressed.
He added that the final number will depend on the decisions of other countries outside the EU, which will declare whether they want to accept their share of refugees.
Rafał Trzaskowski said that the European Union will finance the “vast majority” of the cost of refugees' stay in Poland. (rg/di/rk)