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Public narratives and attitudes towards refugees and other migrants: Poland country profile

Case/country study

Written by Karen Hargrave, Kseniya Homel, Lenka Dražanová

Image credit:Poland and Ukraine flags. Image license:Szymon Shields/Unsplash

This briefing presents an overview of the key features of migration and asylum policy in Poland, recent trends in migration patterns, and public perceptions and political narratives on refugees and other migrants.

Over the past three decades, Poland’s migration context has been transformed: from a homogenous society largely closed to the outside world to an increasingly prominent country of destination for refugees and foreign workers. Today, this includes more than 1.5 million refugees from the conflict in Ukraine.

This briefing is part of a wider project, supported by the IKEA Foundation, that aims to engage public and private stakeholders interested in migration and displacement.

About the series

Through a series of activities, dialogues and innovative communication and outreach initiatives, Public and political narratives on refugees and other migrants: implications for action maps recent research and evidence on public attitudes toward refugees and other migrants.

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