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After Paris Attacks, Poland Says It Will No Longer Participate in EU’s Refugee Plan

By Joshua Keating


Poland’s government announced today that in the wake of the attacks on Paris, it will no longer participate in the EU’s resettlement plan for the thousands of refugees attempting to reach Europe. “After the tragic events of Paris, we do not see the political possibility of respecting the plan,” Poland’s European affairs minister wrote in a statement.

The plan, approved in September, would distribute 120,000 refugees throughout the EU’s 28 member states—a relatively small number considering the 770,000 people who have reached the continent by sea this year. Only a little more than 100 refugees have been resettled so far. The plan was adopted over the strong resistance ofEastern European countries, including Poland, who have far smaller foreign-born populations and have been reluctant about taking in large numbers of immigrants. Poland’s previous government had agreed to take in 5,000 refugees under the scheme, but in late October, Poland elected the nationalist, euroskeptic Law and Justice Party, which had strongly criticized the decision at the time. Poland has seen large rallies against taking in more refugees.

The Paris attacks are likely to upend the


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