Andrej Babis adopted a strong position anti immigration since 2016. In January 2016, Andrej Babis announced his new conviction in an interview with a Czech newspaper (their translation):
We are not duty-bound to accept anyone and we are not even now able to do so. Our primary responsibility is to make sure that our own citizens are safe. The Czech Republic has enough of its own problems, people living on the breadline, single mothers. The West European politicians keep repeating that it is our duty to comply with what the immigrants want because of their human rights. But what about the human rights of the Germans or the Hungarians? Why should the British accept that the wealth which has been created by many generations of their ancestors, should be consumed by people without any relationship to that country and its culture? People who are a security risk and whose desire it is not to integrate but to destroy European culture?
Babis posted on Facebook in the summer of 2016 that “I have stopped believing in successful integration and multiculturalism,” . “We must do our utmost to reject migrants, including the quotas in which we were outvoted. I want to reject the quotas even at the cost of sanctions.” He pushed for this messaging over the months leading to the October 21, 2017, parliamentary vote. “We have to fight for what our ancestors built here,” Babis told journalists at a he said at a conference in Prague in June 2017. “If there will be more Muslims than Belgians in Brussels, that’s their problem. I don’t want that here. They won’t be telling us who should live here.”
However, Czech Republic is indeed one of the countries that are less touched by the phenomenon of migration. According to Eurostat, only 26 applications per million of inhabitants have been lodged in Czech republic in the second quarter of 2017, while Greece received 981 first time applicants per million inhabitants. Moreover, the country has just 11,000 Muslims, who make up 0.1 percent of the population.
The European Commission launched infringement procedures against the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland in June 2017 for non-compliance with their obligations under the 2015 Council Decisions on relocation. The Council Decision provided for Czech republic to relocate less than 1600 people from Greece and Italy.