We would like to invite you to read the latest annual report summarising the year of the pandemic from the perspective of the rights of migrant women and men in Poland.

In the Report: SIP in Action. Rights of foreigners in Poland in 2020, we describe, among other things, how in the past year we fought in courts for the rights of child migrants, non-heteronormative individuals, those who have experienced torture, and women fearing domestic violence in their home country.

Furthermore in the publication:

  • Quality of asylum procedures. Last year, the number of people applying for protection from persecution in Poland was the lowest for more than 20 years, and the recognition of their applications was more than four times lower than the EU average. In the report, we endeavour to explain the reasons why this is so and what can be changed to more effectively protect the rights of those fleeing to Poland from persecution.
  • Social rights of migrants. Despite the fact that some migrants can apply for social housing, family benefits and other social support, it happens that officials denied them this assistance or the support provided did not allow the beneficiaries to survive. In this report we recommend how to effectively protect the social rights of migrants.
  • Illegitimate detention. Polish courts are not thorough enough when ruling on the detention of migrants. In 2020, we managed to win PLN 90,000 compensation for a family unlawfully detained, as well as obtaining compensation before the European Court of Human Rights. In the report, we demonstrate how it is possible to fight in national and international courts to uphold migrants’ right to personal freedom.
  • Process guarantees in the service of public security. More and more migrants in Poland are considered a threat to security. As a result, they are subject to a return decision in proceedings in which they are not guaranteed the right to a defence. In the report there are details of our cases before administrative courts in Poland and the European Court of Human Rights, attempting to ensure basic procedural guarantees in these proceedings.
  • Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrants’ rights. As the COVID-19 pandemic spread, migrants’ rights were increasingly restricted. They were hindered from crossing the border or applying for protection from persecution. While some of these difficulties were solved by the authorities, others resulted from their malfunctioning forcing NGOs to increase their efforts/support.