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United in anxiety: Post-2015 public attitudes towards accepting refugees and migrants

This report analyses the findings of the desk and field research on the public attitudes towards refugees and other migrants in seven Central and Eastern European countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. 

It identifies the common grounds in public attitudes in selected countries and concludes that the 2015 crisis has a crucial impact on attitudes towards migrant population as it led to the politicisation of the issue, a shift toward non-admission of refugees and a strong resistance to arguments for their reception.

The research was conducted in mid-2017. 3 focus groups were set up in each country to gauge arguments for and against admission of refugee reception and to track the impact of personal experience as well as media coverage on respondents’ standpoints.

Source: Foundation Institute of Public Affairs