Poland’s President Andrzej Duda has asked Cardinal Nichols to support better protections for Poles
Polandâ€™s President Andrzej Duda has written to church leaders in Britain asking them to counter â€śintolerance and xenophobiaâ€ť exposed in attacks on Poles living there.
Duda said his letters to the heads of the Catholic Church and the Church in England in Britain were in support of the Polish governmentâ€™s efforts to obtain better protection for the hundreds of thousands of Poles living in Britain.
Since Britain voted leave the European Union, there has been an increase in reports of hostile acts against Poles.
Last week, a 40-year-old Pole, Arkadiusz Jozwik, died after he was beaten by teenagers in Harlow, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of London.
Another Pole was injured in the attack, which British police are investigating as a possible hate crime. Two other Poles were beaten in Harlow on Sunday following a march in protest of Jozwikâ€™s death.
In his letters to the Archbishop of Canterbury and to Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Duda said such incidents can potentially create a divide between Poles and British people.
He pleaded for a â€śconstructive effortâ€ť from church communities and local parishes to â€śalleviate the adverse consequences of intolerance and xenophobia, including what appears to be a clear instance of aversion and animosity toward Poles.â€ť
He argued that Poles living in the United Kingdom work â€śstrenuouslyâ€ť and are contributing to Britainâ€™s welfare.
Polandâ€™s foreign and interior ministers met with their counterparts in London on Monday to seek better security for the Poles, who they said integrate well into society and duly pay taxes.