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Centrum Badań nad Uprzedzeniami (Centre for Research on Prejudice), M. Bienkowski, A. Swiderska, Postawy wobec imigrantów i uchodźców: Panel Badań Społecznych CBU (Attitudes towards migrants and refugees: Social Studies Panel CBU), Warszawa 2017

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Type of publication


Geographical coverage


Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution



Centrum Badań nad Uprzedzeniami (Centre for Research on Prejudice)

Main Thematic Focus

Racism & xenophobia Discrimination

Target Population

Muslims Religious minorities Migrants People with migrant background Refugees & asylum seekers

Key findings

The analysis of data collected as a part of online surveys carried out in 2015 and 2016 regarding attitudes towards migrants and refugees revealed that the level of acceptance of immigrants throughout the year has decreased. Higher support for the use of various forms of violence against refugees has been observed as well. Based on the data from the National Prosecutor's office, the authors indicated that 29% of all registered hate crimes in the first half of 2016 had been aimed at Muslims. The study has shown that the greater empathy of respondents was associated with the greater acceptance of migrants and refugees. Compared to 2015, the level of right-wing authoritarianism increased in 2016.

Methodology (Qualitative/Quantitative and exact type used, questionnaires etc)

The 2015 survey was conducted on a sample of 985 people, including 80% women and 20% men, and the 2016 survey was conducted on a sample of 1267 people, including 78% women and 22% men.

Sample details and representativeness

2252 respondents

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