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    Poland Plans to Persuade EU to Halt Refugee Relocation – Presidential Adviser

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    Poland will try to convince the European Union to give up its plans to force the country into accepting refugees under the EU emergency relocation scheme, Krzysztof Szczerski, the foreign policy adviser to Polish President Andrzej Duda, said Wednesday.

    WARSAW (Sputnik) — On Tuesday, EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said that the EU Commission could launch infringement procedures against Budapest and Warsaw if the two states did not start relocating refugees from other European states. Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo responded by saying that Warsaw is unable to accept refugees and will not agree with its refugee quota.

    “We will persuade our partners to change their opinion [on the relocation of refugees] instead of making us adopt an irresponsible policy from Poland’s point of view, which violates human rights above all,” Szczerski told the RMF FM radio station.

    The presidential adviser stressed that a forced relocation of refugees contradicts human rights.

    On May 17, the EU Commission issued a progress report on relocation and resettlement, stressing that some countries, in particular Hungary, Poland and Austria were the only EU members that had not relocated a single person.

    The mandatory EU scheme was established in 2015 and is aimed at relocating some refugees currently held in Greece and Italy throughout the bloc with a specific quota for each member state.

    The European Union has been struggling to manage a massive refugee crisis which escalated in 2015 with hundreds of thousands of people from the Middle East and North Africa seeking asylum in EU member states.

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