The prime minister of Poland’s conservative party said on Sunday that his party wants to hold a referendum asking citizens whether they support accepting “thousands of illegal immigrants from the Middle East and Africa” as part of a European Union relocation plan.
His party is vying to retain power in parliamentary elections in October. The referendum question was revealed by Mateusz Morawiecki in a brand-new video posted on social media.
It suggested that his party, Law and Justice, is attempting to employ migration in its election campaign, a strategy that assisted it in gaining control in 2015.
More than a million predominantly white and Christian Ukrainian refugees are currently living in Poland, but the country’s leaders have long made it clear that they view Muslims and people of other faiths as threats.
In order to address one of the EU’s longest-running political crises, which is caused by immigrants entering the continent without a license, EU interior ministers approved a proposal in June.
The referendum is intended to coincide with the Oct. 15 legislative elections, according to the Polish administration.
Do you support the admission of thousands of unauthorized immigrants from the Middle East and Africa under the European bureaucracy’s forced relocation mechanism, according to Morawiecki’s prediction? ”
The question’s announcement video shows images of burning vehicles and other forms of street violence throughout Western Europe.
A Black man appears to be preparing to commit a crime as he licks a large knife. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the party’s leader, then asks, “Do you want this to happen in Poland as well? Do you want to relinquish control over your own nation?”
In response, an opposition politician named Robert Biedron claimed that the issue of immigration was irrelevant because Poland itself might qualify for assistance or a waiver of its contribution due to the large number of Ukrainian refugees and that participation in the EU mechanism is optional and can be replaced by other forms of shared responsibility.
A letter from EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson was shared on the X platform, formerly known as Twitter, by Biedron, a member of the Left party in the European Parliament. She outlines the conditions of the relocation procedure as well as the justifications for requesting an exemption from it.
In recent days, leaders have introduced two additional questions. In one poll, the voters will be asked whether they support raising the retirement age, which Law and Justice decreased to 60 for women and 65 for men, and in the second poll, if they favor privatizing state-owned businesses.