09 February 2016

Slovakia Rejects Muslim Communities

Calling multi-culturalism "a fiction," Slovakia Prime Minister Robert Fico vowed not to allow refugees from the Middle East to establish "a united Muslim community in Slovakia," which has a population of 5.4 million people.

"Not only are we refusing mandatory quotas, we will never make a voluntary decision that would lead to formation of a united Muslim community in Slovakia. This is the only way to eliminate the risks,” Fico said last week, rejecting a European Union plan to resettle 120,000 refugees among 26 of the EU's 28 member states.

"Multi-culturalism is a fiction. Once you let migrants in, you can face such problems" as the jihadist attacks in Paris in November and mass sexual assaults in Germany on New Year's Eve.

"We don't want something like what happened in Germany taking place in Slovakia," the prime minister said, adding that it is the job of government officials to “prevent women from being molested in public places."

Fico has also called for a summit of EU members to address the issue of migrants, whom he referred to as "a protected species" and the growing number of Muslims in Europe who refuse to assimilate, Der Spiegel reports.

Fico's left-nationalist government filed a lawsuit last month challenging the EU decree that it must accept 802 migrants irrespective of their religious background. Poland, Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic also oppose the refugee plan.

In August, the Slovakian government stated that it would only accept Christian refugees because "Muslims would not feel at home" in the predominantly Catholic country, which has no mosques.

In November, Fico said that in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, Slovakian authorities are "monitoring every Muslim in our territory" after observing that "virtually every time there has been a terrorist attack [in Europe], representatives of the Muslims were responsible."

"Therefore, if we have these people staying in Slovakia legally, it's our duty to verify whether they have contacts with problematic persons," Fico said.