Activation Laboratory
empowerment of vulnerable groups
City (headquarters):
Voivodeship (headquarters):
04-01-2021 - 31-07-2022
Project cost:
35 150,00 EUR
30 000,00 EUR
Types of activities:
educational activities, self-organization / self-help
Target groups:

The project responds to the problem of exclusion of migrants and xenophobia in Polish society, which has been exacerbated in times of pandemic. On the one hand, more and more economic migrants and refugees are arriving in Europe, including Poland. On the other hand, this situation creates mistrust among parts of the population, fuelled by historical resentments and a political and media campaign against migrants. These voices are largely based on stereotypes, fear and ignorance. Unfortunately, in extreme cases, there have been hate attacks on representatives of minorities. In Polish society, however, there is a lack of awareness and knowledge about people with migration experience and their countries of origin, as well as a lack of initiatives that would allow migrants to speak for themselves.

Four editions of the Multicultural Initiatives Catalyst were held as part of the project, consisting of workshops on the creation and management of small projects (social, civic, educational, cultural) and initiatives run by the workshop participants themselves (e.g. meetings on the cultures of their countries of origin, dance workshops, integration meetings). IMI Radio – the only multilingual radio station in Poland run by migrants – was also relaunched. Representatives of migrant communities took part in two editions of the radio academy to produce weekly multilingual radio programmes. Among other things, a cycle of 17 advice and information programmes in three languages was prepared on how to function in Poland in various areas of life (e.g. legalisation of residence, labour market, education system, setting up an NGO or a business).

As a result of the implementation of the activities, 65 people with migration experience improved their skills in realising original initiatives and radio programmes addressed to both Polish society and migrant communities. The opportunity to implement their own activities increased their sense of empowerment. The project showed the potential and resources of migration and the benefits of involving migrants in activities and learning about each other’s cultures.

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