In his Christmas message, Zeman said: “Young men from Syria and Iraq should instead take up arms against the Islamic State. A large majority of the illegal alien migrants are young men in good health, and single. I wonder why these men are not fighting for the freedom of their countries?”
The Czech Republic, an Eastern European nation of 10 million people, is among the four EU members that rejected the refugee quota plan, which would distribute Muslim asylum seekers among all members of the union. Nearly 70 percent of Czechs oppose the arrival of these so-called refugees in their country, a recent opinion poll showed.