At a parliamentary committee meeting on refugee quotas, Poland's interior minister is having a tough day.Her colleagues are wary of any softening of Warsaw's position.SOT (Polish) Teresa PIOTROWSKAPolish Interior MinisterWe are prepared to welcome refugees, but we don't have any influence on whether they will want to stay here.With elections due in October, the Polish government is feeling the pressure from a conservative opposition whose stance on immigration is all too clear.SOT (Polish) Jaroslaw GOWINLeader, "United Right" Muslims don't integrate: indeed, a lot of them aim to destroy the values on which European civilisation is based.At this anti-immigration demo, similar views were voiced - and worse…But at the exact same time, a rally with the exact opposite message was also underway.VOX POPS (English) NE TRADUIS PAS CES SONORES, J'AI DES EQUIVALENTS EN FRANCAIS A METTRE1: femaleVery often we were refugees ourselves, or emigrants, in the last 200 years - how can we be so closed right now?2: maleI think this is shameful that this is even an question of a debate or a discussion that we can or we cannot - it's not that many people, really!Poland's top bishop has called on parishes to take in refugees - and the faithful seem ready to listen.VOX POP (Polish)The Pope also said something along those lines, and unfortunately - or rather fortunately, actually - he must be heeded.But local priests aren't so enthusiastic. Even here at the Stanisław Kosta church - famous for its role in the 1980s Solidarity movement - they refused to comment on the issue.Report by Gulliver Cragg, Tomasz Lubik and Aneta Orlowska
At a parliamentary committee meeting on refugee quotas, Poland's interior minister is having a tough day.Her colleagues are wary of any softening of Warsaw's position.SOT (Polish) Teresa PIOTROWSKAPolish Interior MinisterWe are prepared to welcome re
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