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Centrum Badania Opinii Społecznej (Publin Opinion Research Centre), Stosunek Polaków i Czechów do przyjmowania uchodźców (Attitude of Poles and Czechs towards receiving refugees), Warszawa 2018

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Type of publication


Geographical coverage


Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution

Survey research organisation


Centrum Badania Opinii Społecznej (Publin Opinion Research Centre)

Main Thematic Focus

Racism & xenophobia Integration & inclusion

Target Population

Muslims Religious minorities Refugees & asylum seekers

Key findings

The study claims that Poles are not generally open to accepting refugees from countries affected by armed conflicts, although the willingness to provide them a temporary shelter depends on which country they come from. However, after having reached the record level of 63% in the end of 2017 (a dramatic rise from 52% in December 2016), from October 2017 to June 2018 the disapproval of accepting refugees from the Middle East and Africa decreased to 60% and remained stable. Only 16% of respondents were in favour of accepting Muslim refugees in the light of a hypothetical financial punishment imposed by the European Union. Around 75% of respondents opposed giving protection to asylum seekers from Muslim countries, despite the threat of losing money flowing into Poland from the EU. The poll has shown that Poles are more willing to accept migrants coming from the neighbouring eastern countries than from outside of Europe. According to the authors of the poll, this can be explained by the cultural and geographical proximity on the one hand and by concerns about the unknown "strangers" on the other hand.

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

The study in Poland was conducted with face-to-face computer-assisted interviews (CAPI) on 7-14 June 2018 on a representative sample of 989 random Polish adults.

Sample details and representativeness

989 respondents

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