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Immigration: Polish Ambassador refuses mandatory quotas

Visit to Lampedusa, along with Estonian counterpart

29 May, 09:30
(ANSA) - LAMPEDUSA - ''We came here to deliver a message of solidarity'', Polish Ambassador Tomasz Orowski said during his visit to the island of Lampedusa, where he met with the mayor Giusi Nicolini and authorities for rescue at sea. ''We want to gather information about what is happening here, in order to understand how we can help. Poland is aware of the emergency situation that Italy is facing, which is determined by the massive influx of immigrants, including so many asylum seekers'', he underlined. According to a press release issued by the Embassy, ''like other European countries, Poland has shared the joint mission that is being carried out''. But to us, ''solidarity is a human and ethical value, can not be deemed as the result of a mathematical division'', the ambassador explained. Poland decided in recent days to accommodate about 300 Syrians from the refugee camps in the Middle East, and will make its contribution also by supporting the Triton mission: ''Our country will send a patrol plane - Skutruck - and highly qualified staff for assessing applications for asylum''. As for the relocation of asylum seekers, Poland is analysing how to implement it and wants to help Italy ''through their own voluntary decisions'', the press release continues. ''Aid should not be given on the basis of mandatory quotas proposed by the Commission, but a sustainable solution must be found, in order to accomodate and integrate refugees in all member countries'', Orlowski stated. The Ambassador met the Prefect of Agrigento Nicola Diomede and Lampedusa Mayor Giusi Nicolini, who emphasized that the EU member countries can make a valuable contribution to the revival of tourism, which is crucial for the island's economic recovery and for its small community, which is struggling to live a normal life. The meetings in Lampedusa were also attended by Estonian Ambassador Celia Kuningas-Saagpakk.


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