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Poland rejects EU migration pact, citing current migrant challenges

14.05.2024 17:00
Poland would not be accepting any migrants under the newly approved EU migration pact, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has announced.
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This stance comes as Poland, along with Slovakia and Hungary, voted against the pact which aims to address and regulate migration issues across the European Union.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Tusk highlighted that although the migration pact was negotiated under the country’s previous government, the current administration has secured amendments making the pact "much less threatening in consequence than at the beginning."

Despite these changes, Poland maintained a strong position against the pact, primarily due to the significant number of migrants it has already accepted from Ukraine and Belarus.

"Poland will not accept any migrants as a result of this pact. We have already received hundreds of thousands of migrants due to the Russian-Ukrainian war, in addition to tens of thousands from Belarus," Tusk emphasized.

He assured that Poland would not face any obligatory migrant quotas from the EU and expressed his commitment to ensuring that Poland receives adequate financial support from the Union in recognition of its role as a host country for these migrants.


Source: IAR, PAP

Click on the audio player above to listen to a report by Radio Poland's Michał Owczarek.