Refugee quotas ‘hit foundations of national sovereignty’: Polish PM

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May 15, 2018
Speaking after holding talks in Warsaw with visiting Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Morawiecki said: "Here, in Poland, it’s we who decide who will come to Poland and who will not."

Both Poland and Hungary have taken flak from Brussels over their refusal to take in migrants under a quota system.

Morawiecki said that he and Orban “basically have exactly the same opinion on this issue."

Morawiecki told reporters: "Proposals by the European Union that impose quotas on us hit the very foundations of national sovereignty.”

In September 2015, EU leaders agreed that each country in the bloc would accept a number of migrants over two years to alleviate the pressure on Greece and Italy, which have seen waves of migrants arriving from the Middle East and Africa.

EU leaders agreed to relocate about 160,000 of a total of more than 2 million migrants who arrived in Europe since 2015.

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