Polish Interior Minister: EU is sobering on solution to migration crisis
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Poland’s Interior Minister Mariusz Błaszczak has said more EU countries now agree that a mandatory system of relocating refugee is ineffective.
Dragos Tudorache, Mariusz Błaszczak, Igor Shunevich. Photo: MSWiA.gov.pl
Błaszczak took part in a meeting of EU interior ministers in Luxembourg on Thursday which focused on migration and reforming EU asylum policy.
Afterwards, he said that more and more countries are changing their views on how to solve the migration crisis.
"In April, I was alone when I said that we should learn from Australia's experiences from 13-14 years ago, that is a program of returning migrants. And today there were a few ministers – although not a majority yet – that spoke about it openly," he said.
"There has undoubtedly been a sobering [of views] and I sincerely hope that this process of sobering will continue," said Błaszczak.
Poland is against proposals put forward by the European Commission in May for a permanent refugee distribution system that would impose steep fines on an EU country for each migrant it refuses to take in.
The Visegrad Group, compromising Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, has put forward a "flexible solidarity" plan, under which member states themselves would decide how they participate in EU's migration policy and solving the refugee crisis.
Błaszczak plans to organize a meeting of interior ministers from several EU countries in November to discuss the initiative. (mol/pk)