Poland will organize a referendum on planned reforms to European asylum policy. Residents of the country can, among other things, express their opinion on the quota for receiving refugees.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced the move in a video. “Citizens will be asked if they agree to accept thousands of illegal immigrants from the Middle East and Africa, after this has been authorized by the European bureaucracy,” the report reads. However, the outcome of the referendum will not affect the reform plans of the European Union.
In June, EU immigration ministers approved a package of asylum reforms. According to the settlement, the reception of refugees should not be voluntary, but compulsory. Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party strongly opposes these plans. Hungary is also an opponent.
The popularity of the Law and Justice Party government is under pressure from high inflation, strict abortion laws and numerous scandals. The opposition accuses her of fomenting populist sentiment against asylum seekers in order to lure voters to the polls.
The referendum will be held in conjunction with the parliamentary elections on October 15. Referendums will also be held on the same day on privatizing state-owned companies and raising the retirement age. On Monday, a fourth topic will be announced on which Poles can vote.
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