Huge number of polish people have in the past migrated to other countries like US and UK, not as refugees, but for the money and better life. What would have happened if all of those polish men and women would have been turned away? Some criticize that many refugees are only trying to exploit europe and they don´t need refuge and are only there for money and better life. That often sounds strange as if wanting a better life is somehow wrong or even evil.
The population in Poland is very homogenous and they have almost no immigrants or refugees there. Its a bit strange that often those people in that kind of places seem to fear immigrants and refugees more than people in those places were there are more of them (same in Germany for example). Then again Poland is slipping away from even resempling a democracy and isn´t that good place to live so maybe they are doing all a favour by not taking many refugees.
"Also a lot of people in this thread seem to be judging groups based on small sample sized personal anecdotes. Anecdotes of a few people really cant tell you anything about any single group of the 7 billion people living on this planet." <-- this part seems to go a bit against all of that cricicizing cultures, because criticizing cultures is often based on generalizations that are made from a small size of personal experiences. How many of you have heard someone criticize islamic culture or islam as a religion? I would imagine that guite many. There is no point in criticizing culture/religion of about 2 billion people it only leads to huge generalizations that don´t match reality. And often those who are loudest to criticize something know very little about the thing that they criticize.
With regards to Roll, good for you! Vgchartz made something that was unknown to you a bit less unknown. Somehow this reminded me of that old "vgchartz made me gay"-topic that someone made a long time ago :P
I dont think the bolded is strange at all. Like I said, some people value their national heritage more than others. Some nations value it more collectively than others. And some of these countries want to protect that heritage by restricting the people living there to those that share the same culture, or more often are children of generations of their country men. I don't see anything wrong with that nor that its inherently racist.
Wanting a better life isn't wrong, but it's not a right. No country has to guarantee you a better life or allow you to join because you want a better life.
Lastly, as I mentioned there are differences in culture. There are differences in polish immigrants during WW2 who were emigrating to a culturally not too dissimilar place. Not the same, but at that time not too dissimilar either. That's not the case with refugees in Europe right now.
And criticizing culture is based on large sample sizes actually. It's based on crime rates and other statistical factors as it relates to one group or another, and not a few people that one happens to know personally. You might see a two fold difference in certain types of crimes between one group or another, and yet overall obviously a small minority of people engage in it on all sides. Yet that difference is still significant on a macro level.