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    Poland Currently Unable to Accept Migrants

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    Poland cannot afford to accept migrants at the moment, the country’s prime minister said Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Poland cannot afford to accept migrants at the moment, the country’s prime minister said Wednesday.

    "Twenty eight EU countries agreed to this [to relocate migrants]… But I will say it very clearly. I do not see any possibility to allow migrants to arrive in Poland at the moment," Beata Szydlo told the Polish Superstacja TV channel.

    In September 2015, the EU interior ministers, by a qualified majority, approved a plan to redistribute some 120,000 refugees throughout the bloc based on a quota system proposed by the European Commission.

    Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary have opposed the majority of EU states on the refugee quota issue, while the United Kingdom has used its opt-out clause to dodge of the mandatory program.


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