More Than One Thousand Negative Opinions Regarding Chechens
The Polish foundation, “Wiedza Lokalna” (Local Knowledge) monitored websites from the Podlaskie region for three years in order to conduct a project. Their report show that there are approximately 1,100 negative expressions regarding Chechens in the region.
The project was run from 2008 until 2010 by monitoring the websites of three regional newspapers and a local internet forum. They searched entries about Chechen refugees, mainly those living in the cities of Łomża and Białystok.
The study says that 1,100 entries can be classified as “hostile language” and “hate speech” with some “calling for actions against minorities”. The statements about Chechen asylum seekers were concerned with economic matters, the benefits received by refugees and their private lives. In these entries, Chechens were excessively called “Parasites”, “Cockroaches”, “Slatterns” or “Terrorists”.
The research clearly shows that asylum seekers are not just trying to survive in bad living conditions in Poland, but they are also facing a Polish society which has problems with refugees. The Polish government does not know how to solve the problem.
*Text was written by Waynakh Online and edited by Michael Capobianco