EU official to talk migrant relocation with Polish leaders

November 21, 2017

European Union's commissioner for migration,Dimitris Avramopoulos, left, and Poland's Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, right, attend a ceremony of raising Poland's and EU flags in a ceremony in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, that gave EU border agency Frontex a permanent status in Poland.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The top European Union official dealing with migration said Tuesday he will hold talks with Polish leaders in the hope that the country will rethink its refusal to accept migrants as part of an EU relocation program.

EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos spoke in Warsaw alongside Poland’s Interior Minister Mariusz Blaszczak, during a ceremony that gave EU’s border and coast guard agency, Frontex, a permanent status in Poland.

Citing security concerns, Poland refuses to participate in the EU migrant relocation plan that is intended to ease the burden on Greece and Italy, where most of the migrants arrive.

Avramopoulos said he believes Poland will rethink its position and a joint solution will be found. He did not specify the time of the talks.

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