Poland’s Response to the Refugee Crisis

Thursday, 25 February 2016 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Maciej Duszczyk (Institute of Social Policy, University of Warsaw)

Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HR

Mikolaj Kunicki (St Antony’s College)

Jaroslaw Kuisz (University of Warsaw)


Audio podcast

“The inflow of migrants we dealt with in 2015 caused the biggest crisis of the functioning of the European Union since its establishment. EU institutions and governments of member states responded too late and disproportionately to the scale of the problem. Consequently, two basic pillars of the European integration, namely the Schengen Agreement and Dublin Regulations, were challenged. The main goal of the presentation is to describe the problems ensuing from the mass inflow of immigrants from Polish perspective. Moreover reactions of both Polish governments will be analysed and an attempt will be made to answer the question of whether we are dealing with continuation or rather with departure from the prior position. Moreover the presentation will address the issue of relocation as an instrument promoted by Germany and the European Commission as well as the argumentation of Poland, which opposes obligatory introduction of the said solution. Additionally the presentation will discuss the immigration of Ukrainian nationals to Poland, which is frequently used by Polish politicians as an argument in the discussion carried out at the Union level.” (Professor Maciej Duszczyk)