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Prime Minister Confirms Referendum On Migrants Will Likely Be Held Alongside Election


During a press conference today, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that the planned referendum on EU migrant relocation scheme will likely be held alongside the upcoming parliamentary election this autumn in order to lower the costs of logistics.

  • Morawiecki refused to reveal the exact question which will be asked in the referendum, but said that the preliminary plan is to ask just one simple yes/no question about "illegal migration to Poland."
  • Political analysts see the referendum as a measure intended to mobilise the conservative electorate as the ruling party prepares for a hotly contested election, in which it may go neck-and-neck with the opposition.
  • Migration is coming to the fore in this election campaign, with the main opposition Civic Platform pointing to the rising numbers of work permits issued by the incumbent administration to foreigners.
  • Anti-migrant sentiment has been the domain of the far-right Confederation, which is the third-best performer in opinion polls. Confederation has been the only major party raising questions over state aid for Ukrainian refugees.
  • The ruling Law and Justice party tabled a bill in parliament adjusting regulations on referendums to make it easier to hold them concurrently with elections. The most likely date of the next parliamentary election is October 15.

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