The government is preparing a campaign to persuade Czechs that they need not be afraid of refugees, its Secretary for European Affairs Tomáš Prouza told today's issue of daily Hospodářské noviny (HN), adding that it will focus on places where the immigrants will find a new home.

Czechs are afraid of radical Islamists, who they say might be among the refugees. According to the latest CVVM poll, more Czechs are afraid of Islamic State (72 percent) than of the developments in the relatively close Ukraine (64 percent).

Since the campaign in support of refugees will not proceed on the national level, the main role on the local level will be played by mayors and priests who will stage meetings and lectures in the municipalities where an immigrant family will move at which the newcomers will be free to tell their story to the locals, Prouza said.

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