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Poland Raises Prospect of Refugee Referendum as EU Chides Czechs

  • Vote could prevent future governments from housing migrants
  • EU president raps Czechs for rejecting bloc’s refutee quotas
Participants of a pro-migrant demonstration hold placards in Warsaw on Sept. 12, 2015.

Participants of a pro-migrant demonstration hold placards in Warsaw on Sept. 12, 2015.

Photographer: JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images
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Poland’s president raised the prospect of calling for a vote on whether the country should adhere to the European Union’s decision to shelter refugees and the bloc chastised the neighboring Czech Republic for not adhering to its quotas for relocating migrants.

Poland’s Andrzej Duda said a vote could coincide with 2019 general elections and could help prevent a future Polish administration from reversing the current government’s policy of rejecting the EU’s quota system. Prime Minister Beata Szydlo’s cabinet, led by the ruling Law & Justice Party, has said it won’t accept any of the refugees who have come to Europe from the Middle East and Africa in the continent’s worst migrant crisis since World War II.