Information Centre for Foreigners 2

  • grant giving institution: European Fund for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals
  • duration: January 2012 – December 2014
  • amount of subsidy: PLN 2,706,779

Short description of the project (objectives, main activities):
The objective of the project is to provide support for foreigners, third-country nationals, in the process of their integration in Poland by helping them through legalisation procedures and other legal problems that they may encounter in Poland. In order to achieve the assumed objective within the framework of the project a whole range of activities, complementing one another, will be undertaken and performed in close co-operation between three partners: the Association for Legal Intervention, the Mazovian Voivodeship Office [Mazowiecki Urząd Wojewódzki] and the Polish Migration Forum Foundation.

A part of the project is the Information Centre for Foreigners, where third-country nationals can obtain legal aid in such fields as required, as well as support in the legalisation procedure carried out in Poland. The Centre will strictly co-operate with the Mazovian Voivodeship Office and its Enquiry Office for Foreigners.

Moreover, in order to make the transfer of information even stronger, there will be leaflets and information posters as well as a website including information for foreigners which will be connected with the Migration Call Centre – an Internet tool for getting information on migration.

In order to improve co-operation and the manner of dealing with foreigners’ problems, a special Advisory Team will be meeting at the Mazovian Voivodeship Office, and its task will be to standardise the Office’s activities and interpretation of difficult and unclear regulations. Moreover, trainings for officials are going to be organised in order to increase their competence (knowledge), but also to provide them with new skills which will allow them to better deal with certain issues, and in consequence they will contribute to improving the image of the Office and the way migrants are treating in it.

Performance evaluation of the Office will also be carried out and it will be concluded with a publication on the activities undertaken by the Mazovian Voivodeship Office in the interest of foreigners.

Coordinator: Agnieszka Kwaśniewska