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The Ideal and the Real Dimensions of the European Migration Crisis. The Polish Perspective

Instytut Socjologii i Kognitywistyki, Uniwersytet w Białymstoku, 15-328 Białystok, Poland
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Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(11), 314; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8110314
Received: 29 July 2019 / Revised: 4 November 2019 / Accepted: 12 November 2019 / Published: 14 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Reshaping the World: Rethinking Borders)
In the article the so-called European migrant crisis of 2015 is presented from the perspective of Polish society. First, we consider criteria for distinguishing refugees from other types of immigrants. Second, we examine the characteristics of the 2015 inflow which contribute to its perception in terms of crisis. The third issue is Polish society’s reactions to the phenomenon of migration. On the one hand, the results of nationwide polls are presented. On the other hand, the perspective of a provincial city is introduced. In the city an active refugee center has been operating for almost three decades and major importance has been attached to the idea of a multicultural society. The analysis of these issues indicates that the inflow related to the migration crisis does not coincide with the current patterns of refugee migration and is not consistent with the celebrated vision of a multicultural society. View Full-Text
Keywords: migration crisis; ideal type; refugees; immigrants; migration policy migration crisis; ideal type; refugees; immigrants; migration policy
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Cieślińska, B.; Dziekońska, M. The Ideal and the Real Dimensions of the European Migration Crisis. The Polish Perspective. Soc. Sci. 2019, 8, 314.

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