Czech PM: ‘We decide who comes to the country’
The Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis has criticized the migration policies of Western European countries.
Published: September 23, 2019, 1:08 pm
“For us, migration is not understood as a means of countering a shrinking population, as in Western Europe,” he told German daily Die Welt.
In his country, women have an average of 1,7 children. According to Babis: “We want to get the Czechs to have more children.” When heckled by the reporter that it was “not very climate-friendly” to set public incentives for more children, Babis countered: “I have four children. Then I’m probably harmful to the climate.”
In Germany there are now even some climate activists who measure everything in carbon dioxide and would therefore prefer to ban child-bearing.
Anyone who wishes to immigrate to the Czech Republic is invited by the government, Babis explained. “We welcome foreigners, more than five percent of our population is born abroad, but we are the ones who decide who comes here and who does not,” Babis underscored. “We choose the people, no one else, not the EU, and certainly not smugglers.”
Babis has rejected illegal immigrants, those welcomed by many EU states.
Earlier, Babis had suggested an asylum policy based on the Australian model to the EU. “If the Australians can do that, why not Europe too?” he said in an interview with Bild newspaper last year. Asylum seekers in his opinion should await the outcome of their proceedings at hotspots outside the EU. “If migrants get into a dinghy somewhere in Libya, it’s too late,” he warned.
For the future, one has to find a mechanism “in which a certain number of asylum seekers are invited directly by the government of a country”.
The Italian authorities have meanwhile once again allowed a ship belonging to the rescue organisation SOS Méditerranée to enter a port and bring in African migrants. They allowed the Ocean Viking with currently 182 people on board to dock in Messina in Sicily. “We are relieved that Italy opens a port for people rescued from the Mediterranean for the second time in a week,” the organisation wrote on Twitter.
SOS Méditerranée operates the ship together with the French NGO MSF. Already last Tuesday, the Ocean Viking brought 82 migrants to Lampedusa. Former Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini (Lega) sharply criticised the new government’s decision.
On Monday, the interior ministers of Germany, France, Italy and Malta will meet representatives of the EU Commission and Finland, which currently holds the EU Presidency. At the meeting in Malta, they want to discuss a distribution mechanism for migrants in the EU.
Last week, German Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) received criticism for his proposal to take in every fourth migrant rescued in the Mediterranean in Germany. The CDU chairman of Thuringia and top candidate of his party for the state election on October 27, Mike Mohring, warned against creating such “incentive systems”.
All rights reserved. You have permission to quote freely from the articles provided that the source (www.freewestmedia.com) is given. Photos may not be used without our consent.
Consider donating to support our work
Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.
Keep your language polite. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in, for example, Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.
If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violations of any law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.
If your comments are subject to preview by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.
We reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.
BudapestAt the end of April, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced that there were now more vaccines available than people wanting them. Hungary is the only such state in Europe.
ParisA former student, of Pakistani origin, had fatally stabbed this teacher in front of the Leonardo da Vinci university in the suburbs of the city of Paris in December 2018.
BaselThe city of Basel offers a travel voucher to beggars who, in exchange, undertake not to return to the city for at least a certain period of time under penalty of permanent expulsion from the country.
RambouilletIn the wake of the murder of Samuel Paty, the Tunisian jihadist involved in the Rambouillet beheading wrote on Facebook: “O Muslims, now we will respond to the insults from France.” Two months later, he obtained his residence permit.
SheffieldSir Isaac Newton's historical legacy amounts to “colonial-era activity” and must be scrapped to “decolonise” the engineering curriculum at Sheffield University in the UK.
KasselWith its special edition “Antifa - The underground leftist power”, COMPACT, a conservative German magazine has stirred up a hornets' nest. A left-wing politician even wants to have journalistic research banned.
BerlinA confidential report by the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND), revealed how the Nigerian mafia has taken root to establish itself in Germany through the influx of migrants. There are now several different Mafia groups operating in Germany.
BrusselsWith the dominant position the EU has granted to Pfizer, in particular by ruling out the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, it is once again proving that its rules are of variable geometry because European treaties outlaw monopolies.
ParisThe lack of commitment on the left in the Sarah Halimi affair in France, has deeply shocked many. The murderer of Sarah Halimi, Kobili Traoré, will not be tried for his crime, according to his judges. But the victim is also being killed for a second time by silence.
MoscowThe Arctic region is facing demographic decline and climate challenges and beyond that, economic value creation through Arctic technologies and innovations which are dependent on a transforming geopolitical context.