Survey on Threats Related with Integration of Forced Migrants in Poland

  • grant giving institution: European Refugee Fund and state budget
  • duration: January 2012 – June 2013
  • amount of subsidy: PLN 86,870

short description of the project:

Objectives:

  • Creating the basis for effective integration by diagnosing problems that forced migrants in Poland need to face, in particular discrimination on the housing market and violence against migrant women.
  • Increasing the capacities in the scope of monitoring and evaluating the policy and measures applied in migrants’ integration by collecting and analysing information concerning the problem of discrimination.
  • Increasing awareness of the problem of breaching migrants’ rights and their discrimination.

The project assumes adequate diagnosis  of the basic problems that refugees face in our country and which are an obstacle in their integration with the Polish society, namely: discrimination of forced migrants on the housing market, which often leads to the problem of homelessness of refugees, and violence against refugee women.

Under the project the Association for Legal Intervention will carry out a survey on violence against migrant women suffered by them in their community. The scope of the survey is not only to get familiar with the phenomenon itself but also with expectations in terms of aid to be provided by Polish authorities.

The Institute of Public Affairs will examine the problem of discrimination on the housing market. It will carry out a discrimination test (audit survey), which consists in sending a couple of testers (persons willing to rent a flat as a Pole-foreigner couple) to addresses provided by people who actually wish to rent their apartment or to real estate agencies, and then monitoring the number and type of reactions.

Another survey organised by the Institute of Public Affairs under the project will focus on determining the actual size of the phenomenon of rooflessness (extreme form of homelessness defined as remaining in public space or dosshouses) and homelessness (remaining in shelters, crisis intervention centres or centres for people waiting to be granted refugee status). The survey will involve sending census clerks/interviewers to the area of Warsaw agglomeration, Białystok, Łomża and Lublin to places of possible stay of homeless people covered with international protection.

An important element in disseminating the results of the project will be their final publication. It will include the results of surveys and analyses carried out under the project.

The project is carried out in co-operation with the Institute of Public Affairs.