News ID: 232509
Published: 0203 GMT October 09, 2018

Poland should quit UN migration pact, minister says

Poland should quit UN migration pact, minister says
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Minister of Internal Affairs Joachim Brudzinski attends a government swearing-in ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, Poland, on January 9, 2018.

Poland’s interior minister is recommending that Warsaw quit a UN migration pact before its final approval as it may encourage more illegal migrants, the ministry said on Tuesday.

Hungary has already announced it will not sign up to the Global Compact For Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, which was approved in July by all 193 UN member nations except the United States, which pulled out last year, Reuters reported.

The pact, due to be adopted in December, addresses issues including why people migrate, how to protect them and how to integrate them into new countries.

Poland, along with Hungary and the Czech Republic, has taken a tough stance against resettling migrants, putting it at odds with the European Union, but striking a chord with voters by arguing that irregular immigration threatens European stability.

“I will recommend to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki to opt out from the Global Compact (GCM) deal, which is due to be signed in December in Marrakech,” Joachim Brudzinski was quoted by the Interior Ministry Twitter feed as saying.

“In our opinion the draft of the agreement does not guarantee Poland’s safety. It may also encourage illegal immigration.”

The government’s press office had no immediate comment on the recommendation.

Brudzinski was speaking at the G6 summit in Lyon, France, where he met his Italian counterpart Matteo Salvini, among others, the ministry tweeted. Brudzinski retweeted the Tweet.

Poland’s ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) Party built its 2015 parliamentary election landslide victory in part on kindling the fear of migrants. That year, Europe saw the biggest influx of refugees and migrants since World War Two.

Nonetheless, Poland, with a population of 38 million people and record low unemployment of 5.8 percent, has taken in a large influx of foreign workers, mainly from Ukraine, but also from Belarus and parts of Asia, as the fast developing economy struggles with a lack of workers.

 

   
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