Due to the large number of economic immigrants and refugees entering Poland, and in recent months due to the pandemic, we are becoming less and less trustful towards others, and this distrust is being fueled further by historical resentment and the actions of some elements of the media. A considerable number of immigrants choose Warsaw. It is important to increase public awareness of the issue of cultural pluralism in the capital, to enable direct contact with members of various communities, and to learn about their customs, values, culture, and traditions.
The project aims to show immigration as an opportunity to share knowledge and learn about each other’s cultures, by making use of the professional and artistic potential of foreigners who come to Warsaw, and to strengthen measures that include providing information in multiple languages for immigrants on to how to function in Poland in many areas of community life.
We will base our activities on immigrant activation mechanisms that we have devised and which are tried and tested – creating a space for them to pursue their own activities. We will operate, three times, a Multicultural Initiative Catalyst: workshops on creating and managing community, civic, awareness-raising, and cultural initiatives, and implementation of one’s own objectives with the assistance of specialists. We will resume operations of IMI Radio. We will provide training for members of immigrant communities who, with specialist assistance, will present weekly multilingual (in six to eight languages) radio programs. We also plan to produce a series of a minimum of twelve advice and information programs in three languages on how to function in Poland in various spheres of life, such as legalization of residence, the labor market, the education system, and starting up a CSO or business.
54 immigrants will take part in the awareness-raising activities, and twelve initiatives will be implemented in connection with the Multicultural Initiative Catalyst.