Muslims and Refugees in the Media in Poland


  • Magdalena Ratajczak Wroclaw University
  • Katarzyna Jędrzejczyk-Kuliniak General Tadeusz Kosciusko Military Academy of Land Forces


migration, refugees, multiculturalism, Muslims, Poland


The aim of this essay is to review the status quo of multiculturalism with regard to Muslims and new refugees in Poland. We will point to the critical stance of Poles toward refugees in a situation where there is little experience with them. We will focus on the significant role played by the media and public discussion in shaping an attitude that can be described as outright hostility towards refugees. The perception of immigrants, refugees and ethnic minorities largely depends on the image of them in the media because media has become the main source of information about the 'others'. The essay draws from first results of research conducted in 2015. It contains an exploratory content analysis of Polish media on immigrants and refugees.

Author Biographies

Magdalena Ratajczak, Wroclaw University

Magdalena Ratajczak, professor (associated profesor) of Wroclaw University at the Institute of International Studies, (Section of International Communication). Areas of expertise: transcultural communication, diaspora and ethnic media in Europe, studies in cultural pluralism in European media, Swiss multiculturalism and the Swiss media system. Author or editor of 5 books and monographs, over 50 articles and book chapters in Polish and English. Scholarships and grants of Polish Foundation for Science, Central European University, Erasmus Program, British Council and GARNET (FP 6 Network of Excellence).

Katarzyna Jędrzejczyk-Kuliniak, General Tadeusz Kosciusko Military Academy of Land Forces

Katarzyna Jędrzejczyk-Kuliniak (Ph.D.) Assistant professor (Doctor) at the General Tadeusz Kosciusko Military Academy of Land Forces, Department of National Security Affairs in Wrocław, Poland. Current scholarly interests are focused on cultural values, religions and civilization in International Relations and the MENA region, especially state, society and military relations connected with political transformation, place of the military forces and religious movements in society as well as the region’s strategic cultures.


How to Cite

Ratajczak, M., & Jędrzejczyk-Kuliniak, K. (2016). Muslims and Refugees in the Media in Poland. Global Media Journal - German Edition, 6(1). Retrieved from