Polish MP of the conservative populist Law & Justice Party tells al-Jazeera that “multiculturalism is not a value for me.” He asks “Why do the oil-rich Arab Gulf states refuse to take in any Muslim refugees?”
Al Jazeera English Polish politician Dominik Tarczynski about his government’s immigration policy and anti-Muslim policies Poland’s populist Law and Justice Party (PiS) won a second term in office in 2019. The party’s refusal to take in refugees, along with its attempts to reform the judiciary has put it at loggerheads with the European Union.
A top EU legal adviser said Warsaw broke the bloc’s law by refusing to take in refugees during Europe’s 2015 migrant crisis. But Domink Tarczynski insists his country did nothing wrong, and says Poland stands by its immigration policy. “We don’t want Poland being taken over by Muslims, Buddhists, or someone else … and no one will ever force us to take in Muslims in large numbers.”
Tarczynski says after living in the UK and the US and experiencing life in a multicultural society, he doesn’t see any value in it. “For me, multicultural society, it’s not a value … it’s not a virtue,” the Polish MP said. “Christian culture, Roman law, Greek philosophers, these are the virtues for us.”