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Polandís Position on Refugees Is Firm; No Means No, Government Spokesman Says

WARSAW Ė Polandís refusal to accept refugees is non-negotiable and simply common sense, the government spokesman said on Friday.

Rafal Bochenek said taking in migrants who had arrived in Greece and Italy could create a security risk for Polish citizens and Prime Minister Beata Szydloís government would not negotiate over matters that could affect the countryís safety.

He said the European Commissionís migration policy, which involves the relocation of refugees and migrants throughout the European Union, was inefficient and benefited the criminal gangs that dedicate themselves to human trafficking.

The spokesman highlighted that Austria and Hungary had also refused to accept any refugees as part of the quotas imposed by Brussels in 2015, while the majority of the other EU member states had not met their quotas.

Szydlo had already assured that Poland could not receive any refugees, while interior minister Marius Blaszczak said the EUís quota system was flawed because it created security risks and did not solve the problem.

The current right-wing governmentís position contrasts with the previous liberal administrationís, who in 2015 had agreed with Brussels to receive 7,000 asylum-seekers who had arrived on the coasts of Italy and Greece.

The Commission has threatened Warsaw with sanctions if it does not change its policies and finally accept to receive refugees.

 

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