Who if not the Refugees? Chechens Asylum Seekers and the Legislative Procedure in Poland

By Karolina Lukasiewicz, Krzysztof Tomanek and Ewa Kopczynska.

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More than 90% of foreign nationals who apply to obtain the refugee status in Poland are Chechens, which is about 6 000 applications per year. Only about 280 are recognized as refugees, 1 700 Chechens receive ‘the permit for tolerated stay’. The permit may cause some social marginalization. Still more then 4 000 Chechens’ applications are ‘dismissed’ therefore a lot of Chechens live in a state of limbo.
Now the questions arise what happens to people who had not been granted a refugee status? What happens to those who were granted a tolerated stay permit? Another way to look at the situation is to ask how the legal decisions shape Chechens’ life in Poland?
To answer mentioned questions we have conducted the study on Chechens’ viewpoint on the problem at hand. We did IDI study on what has changed in one’s life when he/she arrives to a new place, unknown culture and different life style. To make a picture more clear we have also studied the governmental institution’s standpoint followed by a perspective formed within Non Governmental Organizations.
Answers for all above questions will come from research results carried among Chechens living in Poland. We were especially interested in those who were denied the refugee status. Other results come from interviews taken with non-Governmental representatives.

Keywords: Refugees, Social Marginalization

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 6, pp.161-166. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 630.266KB).

Karolina Lukasiewicz

PhD Student, Department of Social Anthropology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

Karolina Łukasiewicz (MA in European Political Sociology at Dalarna University, Sweden, MA in Applied Psychology at Jagiellonian University, Poland, PhD student in Sociology, recently have taken part in an International Conference on Transnational identities - cities unbound - migrations redefined, organized by Center for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism at the University of Surrey, Guilford and Centre for European Studies at the Jagiellonian University)

Krzysztof Tomanek

PhD Candidate and Instructor, Department of Social Anthropology, Jagiellonian Univwrsity, Krakow, Poland

Krzysztof Tomanek [MA in sociology at University of Szczecin, Poland, PhD in General Methodology].Lately participated in First Symposium on Philosophy, History, and Methodology of ERROR - Blacksburg 05/2006

Ewa Kopczynska

PhD and Instructor, Department of Social Anthropology, Jagiellonian Univeristy, Krakow, Poland

Ewa Kopczyńska (MA in sociology at Jagiellonian University, PhD in Social Anthropology)


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