Forcing Poland to accept migrants would be worse than the European Union imposing penalties, Interior Minister Mariusz Błaszczak said on Wednesday.

Błaszczak was asked by Polish Radio about Tuesday's statements by the European Union that Poland and Hungary have until June to start accepting refugees or face sanctions.

He said that the prospect of accepting refugees would "certainly be worse" than any penalties.

"Let us keep in mind what happened in Western Europe. Let us remember the terrorist attacks – [which] in principle, are a fact in the larger states of the European Union, unfortunately," Błaszczak said.

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