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We Don't Need No Immigration: Poland Considers Wall on Border With Ukraine

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The right-wing Polish political party National Movement has called for the construction of a wall on the border with Ukraine, which they claim will help stop an influx of illegal migrants, media reports said.

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Poland's Ruch Narodowy (National Movement) party strongly believes that building a wall on the border with Ukraine could add significantly to containing a flow of illegal migrants, Polish media reported.

Sylwester Chruszcz, a representative of the party, was quoted by the Polish newspaper Wiadomosci as warning that this spring the Polish-Ukrainian border may well become a "channel for the transfer of illegal migrants to Poland."

"This is why Poland should be prepared start building a wall [to protect itself] from the influx of refugees," he said.

According to Chruszcz, if the Polish government says "no" to his party's proposal, it will be responsible for "a human tragedy because a wave of migrants will rush into Poland."

He also said that the cost of the project will stand at about 225 million zlotys (60 million dollars). 

Ukraine has been experiencing a humanitarian crisis since April 2014, when Kiev launched a military operation against independence supporters in the Donbass region.

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The United Nations said last year that the total number of Ukrainian refugees seeking any form of legal stay in neighboring countries had reached 770,000; most of them have sought asylum in Russia.

In September 2014, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced plans for the construction of a wall on his country's border with Russia.

The 200-million-dollar project entails a barrier about 2,000 kilometers long, which would stretch along Ukraine's actual border with Russia. It would include anti-tank trenches measuring four meters wide and two meters deep, as well as 17-meter tall metal watchtowers, observation posts, alarms, retaliatory weaponry and special border check-points.

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