The parliamentary group of the Estonian Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) submitted a bill on Monday calling to suspend Estonia’s participation in the European Union’s migrant distribution plan.
Jaak Madison (EKRE), who presented the bill, said that so far around 100 of Estonia’s quota of 500 refugees had arrived in the country, but despite thorough background checks that supposedly have been carried out, two horrific crimes had taken place in refugee families within a short time.
“In the first case, a man tied up his wife and threatened to set her on fire, and in the second, a woman set ablaze by her husband needed to be taken to intensive care with severe burns. Life shows that immigrants from an alien culture bring with them customs and behavior patterns that are unacceptable in our culture and threaten the security of local people as well,” he said.
According to the EKRE politician, no longer accepting refugees would ease tensions in society as well.
“According to several public opinion polls, 60-70 percent of the people are against mass immigration. Two petitions against mass immigration, the first with 19,000 and the second with 40,000 signatures, have been handed to the Riigikogu. It is sensible to stop accepting refugees for an indefinite period of time in order to safeguard the security of the Estonian people and avoid cultural confrontation,” Madison said.
Poland, for example, was not participating in the European refugee redistribution program, and had contested it in the European Court of Justice, he pointed out.
Editor: Dario Cavegn