Poland's position in view of the migration and refugee crisis of the European Union Cover Image

Stanowisko Polski wobec kryzysu migracyjno-uchodźczego Unii Europejskiej
Poland's position in view of the migration and refugee crisis of the European Union

Author(s): Mieczysław Stolarczyk
Subject(s): Government/Political systems, Present Times (2010 - today), Migration Studies, EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment
Published by: Oficyna Wydawnicza KA AFM
Keywords: Refugees; migrants; refuge; European Union; Poland; migratory-refugee crisis;

Summary/Abstract: The position of the two Polish governments, Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz's government and Prime Minister Beata Szydło's government, in the years 2015-2017, evolved in the face of the refugee and migration crisis. The PO / PSL government led by Ewa Kopacz, after some hesitation and against the position of other Visegrad Group countries, joined the EU refugee relocation program. At the same time, representatives of this government pointed out that actions aimed at solving the problem related to immigrants should not only consist in allocating the amounts of refugees to individual countries, but ultimately in assistance in the countries from which immigrants move to Europe. The government of PiS, Prime Minister Beata Szydło, declared in the first months of its operation that he would respect the commitments of the government of E. Kopacz regarding the acceptance by Poland of several thousand refugees. However, at the end of March 2016, after the terrorist attacks in Brussels, the Law and Justice government actually withdrew from the obligations of its predecessors regarding the relocation of refugees from Greece and Italy. This decision was motivated by both security considerations (fears that among the refugees there may be Islamic terrorists) and the protection of the civilizational heritage and national identity, in the context of an increase in anti-Muslim attitudes in Polish society. Until mid-May 2017, Poland did not accept any refugee from the amount allocated by the Council of the European Union to individual EU Member States in 2015.

  • Issue Year: XIV/2017
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 15-41
  • Page Count: 27
  • Language: Polish