Mariusz Błaszczak has defended the proposals
The eastern European nation has adopted a similar migrant policy to Hungary, which has been chastised by the Brussels bloc for being unwilling to take in more refugees.
Mariusz Błaszczak, Poland’s interior minister, said: “The thing is to be ready for such a situation in the form of places in which those waiting for deportation would be kept who may try to break the law.
Błaszczak said similar containers were used in France and Germany
“That’s all it entails. Besides, there are similar container camps in France and in Germany.”
The proposed camps are part of an overhaul to limit migration under the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS).
Border guards would be allowed to retain asylum seekers for up to 28 days along the nation’s sovereign borders while applications are processed – a move the government claims will “prevent [migrant] efforts to illegally move to western Europe”.
Another new initiative regarding migrant camps, including regulations which would allow migrants to be housed in converted shipping containers “in the event of a mass inflow of foreigners onto the territory of the Republic of Poland”.
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Migrants protest outside Budapest's Keleti Railway Station after it was closed off by police to prevent people travelling on to western Europe
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A migrant taunts Hungarian riot police as they fire tear gas and water cannon on the Serbian side of the border, near Roszke
A whopping 74 per cent of Poles do not want migrants from Africa or the Middle East in their nation – rising up to 90 per cent of supporters from the Law and Justice party, a recent CBOS survey found.
Following their electoral success, the PiS pulled Poland out of a previous government agreement to take in around 7,000 asylum seekers.
Błaszczak said last week: “We have no terrorist attacks in Poland because we withdrew from a plan approved by the previous government of accepting thousands of migrants, known as refugees.”
Earlier this month, the Polish Border Guard posted on social media and then quickly deleted: “We take care of the safety of Poles. We do not agree to the influx of Muslim migrants.”
Poland's immigration policy has been likened to Hungary's
The country turned away around 80,000 people at the Terespol border point in 2016 shared with Belarus – more than four times more than in 2015.
Human rights groups, including the Helsinki Committee and Human Rights Watch, claim the Polish Border Guard returned most refugee applicants to Belarus without allowing them to apply for asylum, a move which would breach EU and international law.
The Polish ombudsman wrote last year: “Our inspection confirmed some cases when Border Guard officers did not allow foreigners to file an application for international protection even when they either directly declared such intention or mentioned some circumstances which may show that they were persecuted in the country of origin.”