Poland takes in Christian migrants only


LODZ: The far-right Law and Justice Party came to power in 2015, at the height of Europe’s migrant crisis, after running a campaign that inspired choruses of “Poland for Poles.” With national elections due in October, the governing party is once again promoting its vision of “Poland First.”
The party’s anti-immigrant rhetoric created headaches for the European Union, which failed to distribute quotas of migrants from North Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East around the continent because of resistance from Poland and other hard-line member states.
So it may come as a surprise that the Polish government has, very quietly, presided over the largest influx of migrant workers in the country’s modern history — though they are mostly Christians from neighbouring Ukraine.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki was not shy about promoting the government’s agenda.
“We want to reshape Europe and re-Christianize it,” he said in 2017 in an interview with a Catholic television station. The government recently ordered all new passports include the phrase, “God, Honor, Motherland.”
But immigration is Poland’s paradox. It has benefited greatly from the European Union’s open borders, earning billions of dollars in remittances from the hundreds of thousands of Polish workers who migrated to other countries in the bloc, especially to Britain. – NYT

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