Polish conservative slams BBC over refugee policy

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A BBC presenter from the company’s international radio service got into a heated debate with a member of the Polish conservative party, the Law and Justice party, over the country’s refusal to allow in any more refugees from the Middle East.

The presenter asked the politician, Dominik Tarczynski, why Poland wasn’t honoring an EU agreement to take a certain number of migrants from other member states.

“Well, basically because people who voted for us, they said no,” Mr. Tarczynski explains. “The previous government had this agreement and now Polish people said no, we don’t want to have this threat in Poland… and we have to respect them.”

Conservatives from Poland and other eastern European countries are incensed at the new migrant quota system pushed through by the EU in 2015, whereby they must take a certain number of refugees or face punishment.

Poland has bristled under the legislation, challenging it in their courts.

“Except, if you look at it from the other side, this agreement was made by Poland, not by internal Polish politics,” claimed the BBC host.

“It’s not about internal politics,” Mr. Tarczynski explained. “It’s about the situation in Poland, in Europe, in the world. How many terror attacks have you had in London?”

He also doesn’t consider the migrants as refugees:

“There is a legal difference between refugee and immigrant. A refugee is [a] person who flees to the first safe country, not flying throughout the globe looking for [a] social and better life, so we are not talking about refugees.”

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