Paris attack after-effect: Poland won’t accept refugees anymore

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Paris attack memorial in Poland
Flowers and candles are placed at a memorial to commemorate the victims of the attacks in Paris, in front of the French embassy in Warsaw, Poland November 15, 2015. The card reads: "13.11.2015 Paris. We condemn terrorism". Reuters/Kacper Pempel

Poland’s new government announced on Saturday that it will not allow any refugee to enter the nation under the European Union’s distribution program after the series of Paris attacks on Friday.

The nation’s incoming government justified its decision by linking the attacks with the refugee influx, which Germany believed was too early to conclude. Poland’s conservative Euroskeptic has demanded for “security guarantees” prior to allowing any refugee to enter the nation’s border.

“The attacks mean the necessity of an even deeper revision of the European policy towards the migrant crisis,” the Jerusalem Post quoted Poland’s European Affairs Minister Konrad Szymanski as saying during a briefing on Saturday. "We’ll accept (refugees only) if we have security guarantees. This is a key condition, and today a question mark has been put next to it all around Europe," he added.

On the right-leaning website wPolityce.pl, the minister wrote that the decision of the European Council to relocate refugees to different parts of the EU is valid under the European law, but Poland has always criticised it. After the Paris attacks, it is believed that there is no possibility of political respect for them anymore.

“The decisions by the EU Council that were criticised by us over the resettlement of refugees and migrants in all EU states are of a binding nature. However, in the face of the tragic events in Paris, we see no political possibility of implementing them,” the statement on the site read. “Poland must retain complete control of its borders, as well as its asylum and migration policy,” the minister added.

Polish Law and Justice Party won the elections on Oct. 25 and the main issue it focused on during campaigning was the refugee crisis. It was critical of the government’s decision even at that time and it continued to do so.

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