Rejecting Refugees in Illiberal Poland : The response from civil society

Follis, Karolina (2019) Rejecting Refugees in Illiberal Poland : The response from civil society. Journal Of Civil Society, 15 (4). pp. 307-325. ISSN 1744-8689

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Since 2015, the European Union and its members have been responding to the increased arrivals of migrants and refugees at Europe’s southern shores. The states and societies of East and Central Europe are rarely discussed in this context. Even though their governments support the overall EU policy objectives in the area of freedom, security and justice, they vocally refused to participate in EU ‘burden sharing’. In this way these countries earned the label of uniquely xenophobic. This article seeks to complicate this perception by highlighing how civil society in Poland responded to the right-wing Polish government’s anti-refugee stance. Through the lens of Aronoff and Kubik’s concept of Legal Transparent Civil Society (LTCS) I examine the evolving relationship between the ruling Law and Justice party and civil society organisations, proposing that activities for the benefit of refugees offer an insight into the transformation of civil society in the emerging illiberal political system.

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Journal Of Civil Society
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Civil Society on 24/09/2019, available online:
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?? poland, refugees, civil society, relocation, foreign aidsociology and political science ??
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22 Jun 2019 09:16
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