The Third Question of the Polish Referendum Will Be Directly Centered on MENA

Polish Prime Minister Mateusy Morawiecki in the Polish parliament in 2017 (Photo: Polish Chancellary)

Poland’s governing party, Law and Justice (PiS) has unveiled a question of the proposed referendum concerning migration from the Middle East and North Africa (also called MENA).

According to a post on X (Twitter) by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki Poles will be able to tell if they support “thousands of illegal immigrants from the Middle East and Africa” coming to the country as part of the new EU relocation scheme.

The referendum is set for October 15, the same day parliamentary elections will take place.

Although Poland has taken in more than a million Ukrainian refugees, the central European country has been less open to asylum seekers from the MENA region.

The Law and Justice Party (PiS) seemingly wants to make migration a major electoral issue. As migration news portal InfoMigrant has pointed out, PiS used anti-immigration sentiment to achieve absolute majority in the lower house of parliament, or Sejm, in the 2015 elections. That year, over a million people came to Europe seeking asylum, with many of them fleeing conflicts in places like Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

In June, the EU reached a consensus on key asylum and migration laws in the bloc. The agreement means member countries would either take in their share of asylum seekers or pay into a joint EU fund. Poland, along with Hungary, has rejected the proposal.

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