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30 November 2021

Majority of Poles oppose the admission of migrants from Polish-Belarusian border

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Most Poles are opposed to the idea of accepting migrants stranded at the Polish-Belarusian border, according to a recent survey. Respondents were asked if they agree with the statement that 'it is necessary to accept refugees staying at the Polish-Belarusian border and ensure their stay in Poland’, to which 69 % said they disagree. Further, more than half confirmed that they support the actions of Polish authorities on the Polish-Belarusian border, including current plans to build a 5.5-metre wall separating Poland from Belarus.

Despite their opposition to hosting immigrants from the border, almost half of the Poles surveyed are not opposed to the idea of refugees living in their neighbourhood. Particularly interesting among the responses to this question was the fact that more than half of the respondents that support the Confederation, a radical right-wing party, said they would agree to have a refugee as a neighbour. The same cannot be said of those who support Law and Justice, the ruling party, who were found to be overwhelmingly against the idea of living next door to a refugee.

The survey was conducted in mid-November 2021 by Kantar, a well-known public opinion research agency in Poland, on behalf of Gazeta Wyborcza, the country's most influential daily newspaper. The results of the survey have not been published independently; rather they are shared in an online news article.

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Magdalena Lesinska
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