Poland wants to follow Hungary controversy in treating migrants

  • Dominika Jandová
  • 28.4.2017 19:46

Poland considers setting up special camps where asylum seekers would be kept in shipping containers, said Interior Minister Mariusz Błaszczak on 18 April.

In fenced-off border camps, asylum seekers could be detained for four weeks while their applications are being processed. The ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party would introduce these measures in the event of a major influx and wants to prevent migrant efforts to illegally move to Western Europe this way. According to Human Rights Watch and the Helsinki Foundation, Polish authorities routinely deny asylum seekers the opportunity to apply for asylum at the borders and return them back to Belarus. Most of the asylum seekers entering Poland come from Chechnya, Ukraine, Georgia or Tajikistan. A similar approach has already been adopted in Hungary this year, leading to criticism from the European Union. The idea is, however, popular politically, Poland has seen an increase in anti-foreign and anti-Muslim attitudes, although the country has not been dealing with the main brunt of the migration crisis.

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