It is not only Hungary that is reluctant to accept illegal immigrants, but as for a recent survey there is a strong opposition among Polish people against migration, too. In Poland, migration was not an issue in previous decades, the country has become a unitary nation-state, actually not that attractive to immigrants.
However, the situation has changed significantly over the last decade, with the arrival of large numbers of migrants – first from Ukraine and even Muslim countries. Until now, no survey has dealt with how Poles feel about migration, yet the Ariadna polling institute communicated one, results of which were published in the conservative weekly Do Rzeczy.
The issue of migration has taken on a particular topicality, as being in the referendum to be held in parallel with the parliamentary elections on October 15 concerns the EU proposal on the distribution of asylum seekers.
The survey responses show that Poles, irrespective of party affiliation, categorically reject the idea of having to accept migrants from outside Europe. Around 90 percent of respondents say “no” to receiving migrants from Asian Muslim countries: 88 percent would not welcome migrants from Africa and the Middle East, 86 percent from India, 84 percent from the Caucasus, 82 percent from Latin America, and 72 percent would not welcome even Asian Christians in Poland. The only country from where immigrants enjoy somewhat greater social support by Polish people is Ukraine: 40 percent are in favor of accepting citizens from a neighboring country at war, while 60 percent reject it.
In addition, 92 percent of people do not want mosques to be built in Poland, not even with foreign funding.
A high proportion (69%) are against making it easier for foreigners to obtain Polish citizenship. A majority even considers the current rules too liberal, according to which it is possible to apply for citizenship after three years of residence in Poland, if the applicant has a permanent residence permit, a regular income, and can legally move into a residential property. 89% of respondents replied “No” to the question on whether immigrants should receive the same social benefits as Poles.
Social segregation is a fact, proven by research. 80-90% of Muslims prefer to live with Muslims.
They have more children than French nationals for instance, and are more closely tied to their religious traditions. Becoming a ‘Pole’ is not an attractive prospect for immigrants who have settled in Poland either, who do not want to break away from their roots. “It sounds grotesque when pro-migration advocates refer to the fully assimilated Tatars in Poland, who have lived with Poles for centuries and make up only 0.0047% of the population,” the Polish weekly writes. Nor can the assimilation of Germans, Armenians, or Jews over the centuries be compared to multicultural integration.
It is often argued that the admission of migrants is a demographic necessity and a lifeline for the economy. However, in a previous survey on how to improve the demographic situation, only 13.5 percent of respondents recommended migration to address labor shortages; 38.8 percent said that more resources should be spent on family support and encouraging childbearing, while most (47.7 percent) saw the solution in investing in innovation and automating work.
The fact is though, most illegal immigrants regularly breach the borders in Hungary too, they attack police officers, behave aggressively, and refuse to cooperate with authorities. The empathy and financial aid that the European Parliament requests from the Poles and Hungarians is not acceptable at all. The illegal migrants will not by any means integrate into these cultures- they come only for the sake of benefits, and the EU is willing to support them with considerable sums, and on the top of all that, Polish and Hungarian taxpayers should support foreigners in accordance with the European Parliament’s latest decisions.
Via: mno.hu; Featured image:Hungary Today.