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Poland Stands Firm: No Refugees!

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'Poles don't want immigrants. They don't understand them, don't like them'
Poland accepts few refugees and has been little affected by the crisis in Europe, yet its views on immigration are among the most pungent on the continent
Adam Leszczyński of Gazeta Wyborcza in Warsaw
Thursday 2 July 2015
“We don’t want terrorists here,” the Polish pensioner says, when asked about EU plans to resettle refugees more broadly across the continent. “Have you seen what they’re doing in the west?”
It’s a popular view here, if a baffling one. Poland is little affected by the refugee crisis in Europe, and accepts vanishingly small numbers of migrants. And yet the country has some of the most pungent views on immigration on the continent. A recent survey for the television station TVN found that two-thirds of Poles share the same hostility towards immigrants expressed by the Warsaw grandmother cited above.
According to a study in 2013 by the Centre for Research on Prejudice – a professional academic centre at the University of Warsaw – as many as 69% of Poles do not want non-white people living in their country.
A vast majority believe that immigrants take work away from Poles and that their presence is detrimental for the economy. It’s a view shared more broadly in eastern Europe, despite insignificant migrant flows in all of Poland’s eastern neighbours.
Politicians are in a fix. On the one hand, the EU has asked Poland to do more to resettle foreigners in the name of European solidarity. Some of Poland’s partners note that it has done very well out of EU membership. Now is the time to give back.
On the other, the ruling Civic Platform faces a tough challenge to be re-elected in autumn elections. It is not the only government finding it hard to stay on the right side of both the electorate and the eurocrats.
“People just don’t want immigrants here,” one senior Civic Platform politician says. “They don’t understand them, they don’t like them, and believe that their maintenance is too expensive.”
As a result, the government has consistently protested against EU allocations for refugee quotas, which suggest that next year Poland should take about 1,000.
In the spring, Civic Platform found itself under pressure from NGOs that appealed for the admission of 300 Syrian Christian families threatened with death by Islamists (but it was stressed that they were Christians, and therefore less culturally alien).
According to the UN high commissioner for refugees, Poland has pledged to accept just 100 Syrian refugees between 2016 and 2020.
Poland has never been a hospitable country for refugees. In 2014 the head of the office for immigration granted protection to just 732 foreigners, and refused entry to 2,000 people. Of those accepted, 115 were Syrian – although civil war in Syria has forced 4 million people to flee. About 5,500 cases were dismissed, primarily because refugees were trying to reach western Europe, particularly Germany.
Representatives of NGOs told the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza that Poland does not want even a few hundred refugees, although the EU quota is a mere drop in the ocean for the 38 million residents in the country.
“Poland has never had a serious public debate about refugees. Nobody has ever tried to explain to Polish people that one of the moral and formal obligations of EU countries is to help those who seek shelter because they are persecuted,” says Weronika Rokicka from Amnesty International Polska.
“The government should carry out a major educational campaign. For years no one has done this and now that a crisis has erupted associated with the wave of refugees, Polish people are completely unprepared.”
urveys show that for a majority of Poles the world’s problems should should be dealt with by someone else.
Politicians can sense this mood. It’s no accident that – according to OECD statistics – Poland was the lowest contributor of development aid in proportion to gross national income in 2014. Development assistance last year fell from 0.1% of gross national income to just 0.08%.
One again, the government broke its solemn commitment that this year Poland would spend 0.33% of national income on development aid. This attitude is striking for a country that for three decades has taken money from foreign countries in handfuls.
Under martial law, many Poles received packages from the west filled with clothes and food. In the last decade Poland has received tens of millions of euros from the EU in development assistance.
The ruling political party as well as the right-wing opposition Law and Justice party belong to a generation that often sought political asylum in the west in the 1980s - and usually got it.
It would seem that the Solidarność generation is not too eager to prove its own solidarity.
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71% Of People In Poland Want To Ban Muslim Immigration
by Tyler Durden
Jun 8, 2017
The only way to protect Poland from Islamic terror attacks is to not allow Muslims to migrate en masse. That is now the view of 71% of the people.
This is becoming the major issue in Poland and is at its core dispute with Brussels. As a reminder, Poland recently followed Hungary's lead in corralling migrants...
Poland is mulling setting up special camps where asylum seekers would be housed in containers and kept behind fences in the event of another migration crisis, according to the country’s interior minister.
“The thing is to be ready for such a situation in the form of places in which those waiting for deportation would be kept who may try to break the law,” Mariusz Baszczak told Polish radio on Tuesday. “That’s all it entails. Besides, there are similar container camps in France and in Germany.”
It’s a very similar approach to one adopted by Hungary, which has come under fire from the EU for its harsh approach to asylum seekers.
The camps are part of an overhaul of the asylum system to restrict migration planned by the country’s Law and Justice party (PiS) government.
It would allow border guards to detain asylum seekers for up to 28 days along the border while their applications are processed, “which will prevent efforts to illegally move to Western Europe.”
When it comes to reducing the chances of Poland being hit by Islamic terror attacks, the overwhelming consensus is to simply ban Muslim migrants for the so called Syrian refugee crisis.
The most amazing thing is Brussels takes the position of accept refugees or get out of the EU.
Poland still has its own currency. For its own survival, it should link with the USA and exit the EU. Many American banks and companies have moved their back-offices to Poland. They have far more to gain with a trade relationship with the USA than with the EU.
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Why Poland doesn’t want refugees
An ethnically homogenous nation battles EU efforts to distribute asylum seekers.
By Jan Cienski           
May 21, 2017, Updated May 26, 2017
WARSAW — The right-wing Polish government is under pressure from the EU to finally begin accepting asylum seekers. But it’s the country’s leading opposition party that’s paying the political price.
Poland, along with Hungary, has refused to take in any refugees under a 2015 deal that was supposed to allocate 160,000 people among EU member countries in order to take the load off Greece and Italy.
Warsaw shrugged off the threat. “In agreeing to take in refugees, the [previous government] put a ticking bomb under us,” Interior Minister Mariusz Błaszczak told reporters in Brussels. “We’re defusing that bomb.”
But the pressure from Brussels is forcing the opposition Civic Platform party into increasingly dramatic contortions.
Grzegorz Schetyna, the leader of Civic Platform, first told a reporter that his party was against accepting refugees — something of a problem since it was the previous Civic Platform government (in which Schetyna served as foreign minister) that agreed to accept 6,200 asylum seekers from the EU pool.
Within days Schetyna scrambled back, saying Civic Platform was against “illegal migrants” but that he favored accepting “the few dozen people who want to come to Poland.”
Both Schetyna and former Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, who agreed to the EU deal, say that Poland won’t accept any EU-mandated top-down allocation of refugees, and that countries have to be in full control over who they accept.
Keep them out
The party’s verbal gymnastics make sense politically. Opinion polls show that about three-quarters of Poles are against accepting refugees from Africa and the Middle East.
It’s not just Civic Platform that’s uncomfortable about being too pro-refugee. The leader of the Polish People’s Party, Civic Platform’s junior coalition partner when it ruled from 2007-2015, is similarly cautious.
“We’ll never close the door to orphans,” said Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz, adding “but let the young men fight for the freedom of their countries.”
The ruling Law and Justice party tapped into that unease during the 2015 parliamentary election campaign, which was also the peak of the migration crisis that shook the EU. Jarosław Kaczyński, the party’s leader and Poland’s de facto ruler, warned that migrants carry “all sorts of parasites and protozoa, which … while not dangerous in the organisms of these people, could be dangerous here.”
After the election, the new government immediately backtracked on its predecessor’s promise to take in asylum seekers and has held fast to that stance.
The reason given is that Muslim migrants could be a problem for Poland’s homogenous society.
Kaczyński reiterated his antipathy toward refugees in an interview with the Gazeta Polska Codziennie newspaper published Monday, warning that Poland “would have to completely change our culture and radically lower the level of safety in our country.” He also said that Poland “would have to use some repression” to prevent “a wave of aggression, especially toward women” on the part of asylum seekers.
Błaszczak warned that EU pressure on Poland to accept refugees “is a straight road to a social catastrophe, with the result that in a few years Warsaw could look like Brussels.”
There’s a similar dynamic in Budapest, where Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has explained his defiance of Brussels in politically popular terms of defending European and Christian civilization against an onslaught of outsiders.
Poland is one of the most homogenous countries in Europe — overwhelmingly Polish and Roman Catholic. That wasn’t the case until the Second World War. Before 1939, about 10 percent of the population was Jewish, and there were large Ukrainian, Belarusian, German and other minorities — ethnic Poles only made up two-thirds of the country.
The blood-drenched harrowing of the war, followed by post-war border shifts and ethnic cleansing, created a racially pure Poland for the first time in history — fulfilling the dreams of earlier generations of extreme nationalists. Despite being in the EU, there’s little appetite in Poland to create a West-European style multi-ethnic society.
That creates a conundrum for the opposition, which wants to stake out a more strongly pro-EU position than the government in a bid to appeal to the country’s more liberal urban electorate, but doesn’t want to offend traditionalists.
It also puts it at odds with Donald Tusk, the founder of Civic Platform and former prime minister who is now president of the European Council. Civic Platform’s recent resurgence in opinion polls was spurred by the government’s failed attempt to block a second term for Tusk, which created a wave of sympathy for him and for his old party.
Tusk isn’t amused
But Tusk has made it pretty clear he wants Poland to fall in line with the rest of the bloc and fulfill its obligations to accept asylum seekers. Even Austria has said it will start accepting refugees, leaving only Hungary and Poland resisting.
If the Polish government doesn’t take part, “it will come with inevitable consequences,” he warned in Polish last week.
The government reacted with fury, suggesting holding a referendum over whether Poles would agree to accept refugees.
“There’s a risk that we’ll see the [European Commission] in court” if it tries to impose financial penalties on Poland, Konrad Szymański, the deputy foreign minister, told the Radio Zet station.
While the government’s stance on refugees is popular with its base, it’s creating discomfort in parts of the hierarchy of the powerful Roman Catholic Church as it differs radically from the pro-refugee position of Pope Francis. Polish bishops have called on the country to help refugees.
Bishop Tadeusz Pieronek, from the more liberal wing of the Church, told the Rzeczpospolita newspaper that accepting a few hundred asylum seekers isn’t much of a problem for a country of 38 million.
“Not accepting refugees practically means resigning from being a Christian,” he said. “I’m ashamed of those who don’t want to do their duty not just as Christians but as human beings.”
Critics also point out that Poles were massive beneficiaries of refugee policies in the past when thousands of people fleeing the military regime in the early 1980s were allowed to settle in Western Europe.
But the government, whose top officials are ostentatiously pious and which finds strong backing from the conservative wing of the Church, is no more willing to listen to the admonishments of Rome than of Brussels.
“The Polish government will not change its mind about the refugees. It’s a final decision,” Elżbieta Witek, chief of the prime minister’s cabinet office, told TVP, the state broadcaster. “I’m a Christian and a Catholic and I try to be a good person, and the Polish government acts in the same way … A good Christian is someone who helps, not necessarily by accepting refugees.”
This article has been updated with new comments on accepting refugees from Jarosław Kaczyński published Monday.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article misstated Mariusz Błaszczak’s position. He is interior minister.
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