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Now a resident of France, she described how she was asked to remove her headscarf while waiting in line for a travel pass, something she said would not have happened in Poland.

"I am a proud holder of a Polish passport with a hijab photo and it wasn't a problem to make it," she said.

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One banner carried by protesters showed a trojan horse labelled "Islam" attempting to enter a fortress marked "Europe".

Inside the trojan horse was a stereotyped caricature of a Middle Eastern man with a long nose, wearing a suicide vest and carrying a banner which read "I'm a refugee." Fears of Islam and an influx of refugees to Poland, similar to what neighbouring EU countries experienced, have been amplified by politicians and sections of the media, according to Konrad Pedziwiatr of the Cracow University of Economics.

The combined effect of vilified political and media discourse on Islam, he argued, has brought about a "banalisation" of Islamophobia and led to many Poles holding inaccurate perceptions about the Muslim community.

Muslims make up just 0.1 percent of the Polish population, or around 35,000 people, including indigenous Polish Muslims, such as the Tatars, converts, and immigrants from all over the world.

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"Muslims in Poland have practised their religion freely for hundreds of years without any issues ...

many Poles who are now worried about a Muslim invasion are completely unaware of [this history]." For Anna Lachowska, while the rise of Islamophobia in her native land is worrying, it is important to put the trend into perspective.

Kasia Narkowicz, York University She argued that in that atmosphere the historic contributions made by the Lipkas were largely forgotten.

"When I did research on Islamophobia in Poland in 2011...

"Most of the information people get about Islam and Muslims comes from the media, and what has been happening over the last few years especially is this tendency to lump together the issues of terrorism, the refugee crisis, and Islam," he said.

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