Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis had harsh words even for children orphaned by the Syrian conflict
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis had harsh words even for children orphaned by the Syrian conflict

The Czech Prime Minister, Andrej Babis, says his country will not accept one single refugee, and neither should the rest of the European Union.

Prime Minister Andrej Babis told the daily newspaper "Pravo" that no exceptions would be made to his migration policy even in cases of hardship, such as orphans from the conflict in Syria.

"Why should we take them in? We have orphans here that we need to help in order for them to have a better life," the billionaire Prime Minister said.

We will not accept a single refugee," he added.

Babis said illegal migration could only be curbed if the rest of Europe followed his country's example. "It is important that Europe send a clear signal that it is closed, and that no more migrants and ships will be allowed in."

The Prime Minister told the newspaper that his country supported Syria and other countries in crisis by providing direct financial and medical aid. In an interview with Reuters newsagency last month, he said the Czechs had spent €80 million since 2015 to support migrant centers outside the EU.

Refering to European Commission legal proceedings against Poland and Hungary, Babis said he did not like the crackdown. "Who knows whether lies in the press could some day lead to the same threat against Czech Republic," he said. Babis has accused the Czech media in the past of publishing "fake news." 

A former businessman, Babis was elected Prime Minister in 2017 on a strongly anti-immigration platform. He opposed the EU's common migration policy which established a quota system to redistribute asylum seekers throughout the bloc. Czech Republic has accepted 12 of the more than 2,000 asylum-seekers it was designated.

 

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