Migration and Asylum Division

Intercultural Warsaw IV edition

Grantor: The City of Warsaw
Project timeframe: 01.12.2018 – 30.11.2021
Grant amount: 262 000 PLN

Short description of the project:

The project consists of three parts. The first is legal counseling for foreigners, the second is intercultural and integration counseling for this group of beneficiaries, and the third is the Volunteer Center.

  1. The scope of legal consultations covers the entire spectrum of legal problems that may be encountered by foreigners in Poland. In practice, this means that in addition to issues strictly related to obtaining international protection and receiving integration assistance, or on the legalization of stay, the advice also applies to problems concerning every citizen, i.e. for example: the possibilities and requirements for obtaining social assistance, registration in the Employment Office, possibilities to apply for family benefits, medical insurance, PESEL numbers, issues related to labor and social security law, family law, with particular emphasis on issues related to entering into marriage or its dissolution, parental rights, reporting births and deaths in the Registry Office, civil law, especially the possibility of performing work on the basis of civil law contracts, housing law (especially lease contracts), as well as the protection of consumer rights, starting a business, etc. Our lawyers also look for cases of discrimination against foreigners in various spheres and work to to prevent them. They also support foreigners exploited by dishonest employers and monitor cases of hate crimes.
  2. Integration and intercultural counseling complement legal counseling for foreigners. Their scope covers a number of integration problems faced by recognized refugees, persons who have received subsidiary protection or those who have applied for international protection and live in Warsaw, as well as other migrants in a particularly difficult life situation. Support is important especially in the first period of independent functioning in the new socio-legal and cultural reality during which problems result from the language barrier as well as the different codes of non-verbal communication in the culture of guests and hosts. These consultations are primarily of a practical dimension. Integration counselors help the foreigner to find their place in the Polish setting, at the same time acting as an interpreter, intercultural guide and, in a way, a social worker. They provide guidance on how to behave in various social situations, e.g. at the office, during a conversation with the owner of the apartment, employer, teacher, etc .; help draft an official letter / application / CV, etc. in Polish; at the request of a foreigner who has not yet mastered Polish, they can make a phone call on their behalf, e.g. about work or housing. If necessary, they accompany foreigners as "intercultural translators" in the above situations. Their presence provides both foreigners and Poles with a better mutual understanding, reduces the risk of cultural misunderstandings, thus accelerating the process of foreigners' integration.
  3. The Volunteer Center serves as a supplement to legal, integration and intercultural counseling for foreigners. Its aim is to raise public awareness of refugee and related problems. The volunteers' task is to accompany foreigners during their first steps in our country and help in dealing with all integration matters: official, health, education or other matters that are difficult for the migrants to deal with on their own. In this way, volunteers not only help refugees and immigrants, but also spread knowledge about the issues of refugee and migration in offices and other institutions, educating and sensitizing people working there.

Project coordinator: Aleksandra Chrzanowska

No Detention Necessary II

Funder:   Network of European Foundations /European Programme for Integration and Migration

Project timeframe:  01.11.2019 - 31.12.2021

Grant amount: 120 000 EUR

The No Detention Necessary Project has been piloting an innovative approach to detention alternatives. Based on the model of effective detention alternatives developed by the International Detention Coalition - the so-called Community Assessment and Placement model (CAP) - those leaving detention centers or threatened with detention, are offered support in the form of quasi-social work (case management), as well as legal and psychological counselling. Moreover, we endeavor to increase the involvement of the migrants covered by the program in the procedures that they participate in, improve their functioning at large and develop a long-term action plan with them, based on national legislation on migration. The project is implemented between 2017 and 2019.

We invite newcomers who have been initiated or completed proceedings for obligation to return (including persons who have unsuccessfully applied for international protection) to cooperate within the project, and:

  • were released from the detained center for migrants,
  • are subject to obligations arising from alternative measures to detention, or
  • managed to avoid placement in a detention center for migrants.

Support from the project may be granted (except in special cases) only to persons who are:

  • capable of meeting their basic living needs, i.e. accommodation and board,
  • not at significant risk of fleeing.

The support provided under the project shall include

  • case management: providing information, intermediation between administrative authorities and migrants, assistance in dealing with current issues, joint development of crisis exit strategies, quasi-social work,
  • legal advice,
  • psychological support,
  • language support.

Project coordinator: Katarzyna Słubik, k.slubik@interwencjaprawna.pl.

Seniors in multicultural Warsaw

Stowarzyszenie Interwencji Prawnej

Grantor: The City of Warsaw - Biuro Pomocy i Projektów Społecznych
Project timeframe: 01.03.2020 – 31.12.2022
Grant amount: 135 500 PLN

Short description of the project:

The project is an activity aimed at seniors living in Warsaw. Its goal is to build an intergenerational and intercultural dialogue and to activate seniors by introducing them to other cultures, reinforcing tolerance and openness of seniors towards foreigners, promoting a positive image of seniors, as well as intercultural and intergenerational communication. The project is an unconventional proposal for the connecting seniors and foreigners who, thanks to the integrating power of shared action, can overcome stereotypes and fears present on both sides. As part of the project, shared actions devoted to other cultures are organised such as meetings with foreigners, visits to temples and other places of importance to foreign cultures, culinary workshops, art classes devoted to techniques typical of other cultures, a series of artistic workshops devoted to mosaics, open classes on other cultures during the Warsaw Senior Week, an intercultural picnic and Christmas meeting.

Project coordinator: Olga Hilik

Towards non-detention measures in the times of crisis and beyond

Stowarzyszenie Interwencji Prawnej

Project timeframe: 06.05.2020 - 30.10.2021
Grant amount: 100 000 USD

The project aims to use the pandemic “momentum” to advocate for the more systemic release of migrants from detention while supporting released detainees in communities and securing their accommodation and basic needs. The above should contribute to the development of longer-term strategies which place non-detention measures in the center of migration management.

Project coordinator: Katarzyna Słubik

Veillige Haven voor Vluchtelingenkinderen


Funder: The European Child Rights Helpdesk
Project timeframe: 01.01.2021-31.12.2021
Grant amount: 10 000 EUR

Short description of the project:

The main purpose of the Helpdesk project, (whose leader is The Dutch organisation DCI NL –Defence for Children International Netherlands),  is to support children on the move in Europe through individual legal support and strategically advocating for better policy and practice. The project is realised through the partnership of NGOs in a number of European countries. Thanks to the experience collected by each NGO in the course of providing legal assistance to migrant children, best practices securing the interests of these children are discovered. Also as part of the project, materials and handbooks are being developed and disseminated in order to deploy best practices on this matter in Europe.

This is a second edition of the project.

Project coordinator: Maria Deuar

Together against Discrimination II

Stowarzyszenie Interwencji Prawnej

Grantor: The City of Warsaw
Project timeframe: 01.01.2021 - 31.12.2021
Grant amount: 100 000 PLN
Partner in the project: Lambda Association

Short description of the project:

The general goal of the project will be to increase the availability of anti-discrimination counseling in the field of psychological and legal assistance for representatives of two particularly vulnerable risk groups: LGBT people living in Warsaw and migrants.

This goal will be realised by offering members of these two groups access to professional legal and psychological counseling related to discrimination or prejudice motivated violence experienced by them.

Counseling will be provided at the offices of the partners (the Lambda Warsaw Association and the Association for Legal Intervention).

Project coordinator: Maria Deuar

One for All, All for One 3

Stowarzyszenie Interwencji Prawnej

Grantor: The Open Society Foundation
Project timeframe: 01.01.2021 - 31.12.2021
Grant amount: 100 000 USD
Project Partners (Polish NGOs): Amnesty International Poland, Migrant Info Point, Our Choice Foundation, Polish Migration Forum Foundation, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Polish Hospitality (Chlebem i Solą and website uchodźcy.info), Homo Faber Association, Association for Legal Intervention, Nomada Association.

Short description of the project:

This consortium supporting immigrants and refugees in Poland is an informal group of 9 organizations that support migrants and refugees in 4 different regions of Poland (Lublin, Poznań, Warsaw, Wrocław). The consortium was established in May 2017 in a meeting of organizations supporting immigrants and refugees from the Visegrad Group countries. Since then, the consortium members have met monthly to support each other and plan joint activities according to the memorandum of understanding agreed at the first meeting.

As part of the project, members of the Consortium will work together to maintain and expand support for immigrants and refugees in Poland, especially those in a difficult situation, offering them a wide range of direct assistance - primarily legal, psychological and social. An additional part of the project will be the creation of a draft strategy for the protection of the rights of migrant workers. The action will be complemented by the creation of a group of allies that will be created by inviting additional actors to the process - experts, scientists, trade unions, employers' organizations, migrant activists. The goal of the strategy is to undertake shared organised action together with government and official bodies (labor offices, unions, labor inspections, etc.) to promote the rights of migrant employees, and also to involve employers and migrants themselves in these actions.

Project coordinator: Maria Deuar

Out of the shadow. Support for victims of hate

Grantor: Active Citizens - National Fund financed by the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism
Operator: Stefan Batory Foundation
Project timeframe: 01.01.2021 - 30.09.2022
Grant amount: 37 500 EUR
Project partners: Homo Faber Association, Association for Legal Intervention, Nomada Association.

Short description of the project:

The project aims to support victims of crimes motivated by racial, ethnic, religious or national bias in order to minimize their consequences and help prosecute the perpetrators. As part of the project, 3 support centers will be established in cities where large migrant communities live: Warsaw, Wrocław and Lublin. It is a response to the problem of low availability of free support for this group of people. The project combines watchdog, advocacy and intervention activities. Registering cases, interventions and monitoring court cases will allow for effective publicity of these cases, changing the attitudes of law enforcement agencies and witnesses of racist violence, and taking action to change the law and the functioning of national or local government bodies and institutions.

Project coordinator: Agnieszka Kwaśniewska-Sadkowska

Rising Erasmus +

Stowarzyszenie Interwencji Prawnej

Grantor: Erasmus + Program
Project timeframe: 01.11.2021 - 30.04.2023
Grant amount: 216.630,00 EUR
Project partners:
KENTRO MERIMNAS OIKOGENEIAS KAI PAIDIOU Greece
SAN GIUSEPPE ONLUS Italy
APROXIMAR- COOPERATIVA DE SOLIDARIEDADE SOCIAL Portugal
ASSOCIATION EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION ASOCIATIA Romania
Kadin ve Genc Girisim Merkezi Dernegi – Woman and Young Entrepreneurship Centre Association Turkey

Short description of the project:

The project aims to support migrants by supporting and boosting their motivation and helping them acquire the social skills needed to live in a new country.

Foreigners are usually given access to language and professional courses, but very often it is difficult for them to take full advantage of the opportunities on offer. This can be as a result of past traumas and difficult experiences in their countries of origin, while sometimes it comes about simply because  finding your place in a completely new, unknown life situation is no simple task.

Together with our partner organizations, we have therefore found that in order to support the integration of migrants, it is necessary to put into action more effective educational methods that use innovative approaches to increase the motivation of participants. The RISING project postulates to add such activities to the educational programs offered to migrants.

As part of the project, we will train 30 mentors and 30 migrants from partner countries. We will also create a toolkit to help mentors in their work with foreigners.

Project goals:

  • Developing and reinforcing awareness about the importance of motivation as an essential factor for the continued development and education of migrants;
  • Increase the number of foreigners intersted in joining mentoring programs;
  • Strengthening mentors' skills, especially with regard to motivating migrants to action;
  • Prepare a mentor's handbook with resources and tools for mentoring sessions;
  • Increase the level of motivation and a pro-active stance among migrant charges;
  • Improving the relationship between mentors and mentees, thanks to a better understanding of mutual expectations;
  • Strengthen the skills of the employees and volunteers of the project partner organizations, thanks to which they will be able to more effectively support migrants and their mentors.

Project coordinator: Maria Deuar

Eu PAM „Eu-Pact on Asylum and Migration”

Stowarzyszenie Interwencji Prawnej

Grantor: European Union
Project timeframe: 01.03.2021 - 31.08.2024
Grant amount: 148 680 EUR
Project partners:
Leader: Borderline-europe, Germany
SIP, Poland
Borderline-sicilia, Italy
Humans before borders (HUBB), Portugal
Subjective values, Hungary
Udruga Pank, Croatia

Short description of the project:

This project brings together six organizations from European Union countries dealing with migration, which, thanks to many years of experience and knowledge of the subject, have the goal to maximally disseminate the "New Pact on Asylum and Migration" prepared for the EU in 2020. To this end, each partner will aim to reach the widest possible group of interested parties, through organizing conferences and meetings and publishing topical materials. Added value, thanks to regular meetings, is gained through the resultant cooperation between the organizations, and exchange of knowledge, experiences and observations.

Project coordiantor: Maria Deuar

Kompleks

Grantor: Norway Grants
Operator: MSWiA (Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration, Poland)
Project timeframe: 01.07.2021 - 31.05.2023
Grant amount: 742 730 EUR
Leader: International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)
Project partners: Polish Migration Forum Foundation
Urząd ds. Cudzoziemców
Norvegian police
Christian Michelsen Institute (CMI)

Short description of the project:

The project aims to support the Polish migration and asylum management system and to take into account the needs of migrants with special needs (TSO). Project activities undertaken in multilateral cooperation between the partners will complement each other, creating a comprehensive network supporting migrants. Indirectly, by strengthening institutions supporting migrants, thanks to trainings, workshops, study visits, analyses. Directly, by supporting the migrants themselves, providing legal, psychological and case management advice.

Project coordinator: Maria Deuar