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    Public Opinion Hardening Towards Accommodating War Refugees

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    Recent opinion polls in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland show toughening attitudes towards accommodating asylum seekers from war zones.

    A recent poll conducted in the Czech Republic and Slovakia has revealed that the public are less welcoming towards refugees than EU officials are counting on, while results from Poland also provide little encouragement. Half of Czech and 61 percent of Slovak respondents to an opinion poll on migration said they were not in favor of giving asylum to refugees who are fleeing from zones of conflict, reported Ceske Noviny on Wednesday.

    The survey, carried out in the first half of September by the Czech CMMV research center, found that around 40 percent of Czech respondents said they were willing to offer migrants a temporary place to live. Migrants shouldn't get comfortable though, as only four percent of the respondents were in favor of allowing refugees to stay in the country on a permanent basis.

    In Slovakia, the outlook is even bleaker for migrants with just one third of those polled willing to offer a temporary place to live, and only two percent in favor of allowing refugees to stay in the country on a permanent basis.

    Ceske Noviny also reported the results of a poll carried out in neighboring Poland, where 38 percent of respondents said they were not in favor of accepting refugees. Half of respondents said they were willing to offer temporary asylum, and six percent said they were willing to offer a place to live permanently.

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