Mr. Jaśkowiak, what is your opinion on the migration pact announced by the European Commission, according to which member states who refuse to relocate refugees could instead take charge of their deportation?
I would prefer the position of the Commission to be different. But I am aware that forcing these countries to accept immigrants would only mobilize the electorate of parties like PiS, Fidesz, AfD and other political groups with nationalist tendencies and, as a result, strengthen them.
Either way, I will continue my efforts to help refugees – both those fleeing from war-affected regions and those from countries where citizens are persecuted for political reasons, such as Belarus (Weekly Focus)
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Following the tragedy in Moria, I asked the Minister of Foreign Affairs to organize a meeting in order to discuss how the city of Poznań could arrange support for a certain number of people and I am waiting for the answer. The implementation of such an undertaking is not possible without the support of the central PiS government.
If the new “Migration Pact” allows local governments to accept refugees directly, I will invite refugees to Poznań. This is what solidarity is about. We were also given help, including during the Second World War. Poles often refer to their Christian roots, and this is also an obligation. After all, sensitivity to human suffering, loving one’s neighbor is the essence of Christianity. I myself am an atheist, but my upbringing in the Catholic faith has influenced my value system.