Official figures on racial and xenophobic crime in Poland (about 1700 incidents a year) are incomplete and understated. As indicated by the research of the ODIHR/OBWE, only 5 percent of crimes are reported to the police. Most acts of aggression directed at people of foreign origin or Muslim faith are met with a lack of reaction from witnesses to the events. This may be related both to fear, lack of tools to react, and sharing prejudices against people of non-Polish cultural background. There is a lack of initiatives that would give tools and guidelines for responding to such situations and, on the other hand, would show a positive image of foreigners living in Poland.
The aim of the project is to organize events to raise awareness of rights of migrants and refugees, and persons in the refugee procedure. A radio podcast will be produced and a performance put on to mark World Refugee Day 2021. They will be produced by four multicultural workshop groups, overseen by migration experts and artists. The participants in the workshops will focus on producing joint solutions and tips on how to mobilize people who witness nationalist-based aggression and discrimination to react and act to counter conduct of this kind. The workshop activities will go hand in hand with legal advice for migrants. The podcast will be on the Tok Fm website and other channels, and a plan for educational activities will be provided with each episode to be used in schools and cultural institutions. In the course of the project, the plans will be used by a minimum of ten schools.
The project, through the creation of an artistic action and a nationwide radio podcast, will be promoting attitudes of tolerance and respect for migrants and refugees s and contribute to the prevention of hatred and racist aggression, not only in the Warsaw, but also in smaller towns which we will reach with the podcasts.