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The global migration crisis is affecting more than 60 million people, including 20 million refugees and internal refugees. From Syria alone, since the outbreak of the civil war, nearly 5 million people have fled. We present here selected organizations that work for victims of wars, conflicts and persecutions.

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Migration crisis

In the years 2015-2016, the largest number of refugees arrived in Europe since World War Two. Amongst them, there are immigrants from North and East Africa, Near East (including Syria), Eastern Europe and the Caucasus – the areas where wars are being waged and people are being persecuted. The member states of the European Union are obliged to provide shelter to the people applying for a ‘refugee’ status (in line with the Geneva Convention). This law, together with the economic situation and the fact that all the borders within the EU are open, make Europe an ideal destination of the dramatic and often extremely perilous wanderings of the refugees.

Faced with high numbers of migrants, the European Union found itself lacking suitable procedures of accepting refugees, which in turn resulted in chaos and decline in member states’ willingness to provide aid to asylum seekers. That led to decline in solidarity within the Union with regard to the impending crisis. The largest number of refugees turned up in the border states, such as Greece and Italy, as well as Turkey which is a non-EU country, thus posing a major problem for their governments.

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This informal initiative organises and supports activities towards improvement of the refugees’ situation in Poland and in Europe. It engages various milieus in relief and media actions; it also runs and educational-informative portal uchodzcy.info

 

《 Manifestation, September 2015, Warsaw, Photo: Julia Rościszewska

The informal group providing assistance to refugees, among others to those camping out at the border crossing with Belarus. It also conducts informational and educational activities and works for the sake of dialogue and understanding.

《 Parada Równości (Equality Parade), 11 June 2016, participation in the name of solidarity with other groups fighting for civil rights. Photo: Dom Otwarty (Open House) Initiative

The Foundation works with children living in the centre for foreigners in Warsaw’s Targówek district and runs an integrated sports programme “Etnoliga”.

《 Photo: Fundacja dla Wolności

The Foundation offers practical support to refugees in Poland – it provides information on legal issues, the labour market, education and medical care. Funds for the Foundation’s activities can be transferred to a separate account. Refugee.pl also encourages organization of debates, lectures, photo shows or films about refugees.

《 Photo: Fundacja Refugee.pl im. Małgorzaty Jasiczek-Gebert

It runs help centres in Warsaw and Łomża, where it offers direct, free of charge integrational, social, legal, psychological and professional assistance to foreigners. It conducts Polish language courses, organizes cultural and educational events as well as collections for refugees.

《 Photo: Michał Sacharewicz

An internet platform that provides Poles with the possibility of renting to refugees rooms in their own homes or apartments. Owing to this, it opens the way to integration, mutual understanding and breaking of stereotypes. In addition, each refugee included in the programme is covered by the individual volunteer support. As from November 2016, RWP functions within the Ocalenie (Salvation) Foundation.

《 Refugee Centre in the Targówek district of Warsaw. Photo: Polish Migration Forum

An internet platform that provides Poles with the possibility of renting to refugees rooms in their own homes or apartments. Owing to this, it opens the way to integration, mutual understanding and breaking of stereotypes. In addition, each refugee included in the programme is covered by the individual volunteer support. As from November 2016, RWP functions within the Ocalenie (Salvation) Foundation.

《 Photo: Refugees Welcome Polska

The Foundation offers broadly understood, culturally relevant and linguistically available psychological, psychotherapeutic and environmental support as well as identification of needs and provision of appropriate assistance to the so-called Sensitive Groups – people with special needs due to:

  • experience of torture, violence,
  • disability,
  • mental disorders,
  • raising children alone,
  • LGBTQ, etc.

It also provides help in the procedure for granting international protection in Poland (in efforts to obtain the status of refugee or other form of protection).

《 Photo: Fundacja Różnosfera

The mission of the Association for Legal Intervention is to ensure social cohesion by working for equality of all people before the law. We provide free legal and integration counselling for migrants, refugees and people applying for this status, and represent them before state authorities. We also carry out information, watchdog and advocacy activities, and implement projects to support intergenerational and intercultural exchanges.

《 Photo: Stowarzyszenie Interwencji Prawnej