Why a Christian Refugee is a Better Refugee: Refugees and Christianity in Czech Media

Lukášová Eva


Media in the Czech Republic covers the issue of refugees and migration
from various approaches. Emphasizing religion is one of these. During
the period of 2015 and at the beginning of the year 2016, the concept of
Christianity often appeared in connection with the acceptance of refugees
in the Czech Republic. This text aims to analyze the role that the religious
determination of refugees plays in Czech media. For this purpose, articles
found by the Anopress media database were analyzed. Findings show that
when speaking about refugees in the Czech Republic, borders between “us”
and “them” are, in general, quite obvious. However, Christianity is used as
a tool to, if we apply Richard Alba’s concept, blur these boundaries. In this
particular situation, Czech society, which is usually not in favor of institutionalized
religions, understands Christianity as a significant factor. The
picture which the media provides us about this issue also indicates how Czech
people define the so-called integration process. We can see that the fears that
are associated with refugees are handled by the objective to assimilate them,
instead of integrating such incomers into society.


refugees; Christianity; Islam; integration; Czech media

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Vydání: 19, 2017, 1