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Millions of Poles don’t accept Jews, Muslims and Roma as their fellow citizens

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A Pew Research poll of Poland has shown shocking levels of antisemitism and Xenophobia.

The poll asked people whether they would accept Jews, Muslims and Roma as members of their family, as neighbours, or as citizens.

When asked about who they would accept as a member of their family, 30% would not accept Jews, 55% would not accept Muslims, and 49% would not accept Roma.

When asked about who they would accept as neighbours, 20% would not accept Jews, 43% would not accept Muslims and 38% would not accept Roma.

When asked about who they would accept as citizens, 18% would not accept Jews, 41% would not accept Muslims and 30% would not accept Roma.

These figures show that there is clearly an profound problem with Xenophobia in Polish society, with a sizeable minority of the population holding extreme prejudices, not even accepting Jews, Muslims and Roma as citizens.

They also show that whilst Jews clearly face a lot of antisemitism in Poland, and this is deeply concerning, the fact that other minority groups appear to face more widespread negative attitudes from native Poles should not be ignored. This fact is not entirely surprising, given the brand of far-right antisemitism in Poland.

Disturbingly, the results in Poland have been mirrored elsewhere: 23% of Lithuanians, 22% of Romanians, 14% of Hungarians, 19% of Czechs and 16% of Greeks would not accept Jews as fellow citizens.


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