Against the background of discursively negotiated topoi of refugees, this article examines to what extent physical education teachers perceive refugee students as 'others'. In the light of the binary gender order which is reproduced in sport and in the discourse on refugees, the focus here is on the gender-based construction of 'being different'. For this reason, the state of research and constructivist and postcolonial theories are outlined. Furthermore, 31 interviews with physical education teachers are analyzed with a particular focus on discourse analytical methods. The findings indicate that dealing with refugee students breaks with the understanding towards normality of the interviewees and the institution school respectively. Furthermore, refugee-related construction patterns can be identified which are especially actualized by the body-focus of physical education. They are interpreted by the interviewees in a gender-typed and cultural way.