This project addresses the problem of discrimination against immigrants in Lublin. Over the last decade, the number of people from other countries has risen tenfold, and immigration has changed from being temporary to permanent. Unfortunately, local government authorities do not take measures to integrate immigrants or provide them with institutional support, which in turns puts them at risk of discrimination. Meanwhile, their minimum needs are help with healthcare, education, employment, or for instance domestic violence. In the city, a strategy is being devised for management of diversity, including an integration model for Lublin, but there is no local diagnosis serving as a factual basis for further work.
Under the project, the Project Promoter will monitor the local integration system in fourteen different areas. An immigrant consultation team of several members will be set up to meet regularly and issue opinions on recommendations made during monitoring, and the proposed tools. The institutions monitored will receive a report containing recommendations, and assistance in making changes. Authorities and officials will attend four expert seminars and three study visits to cities that are an inspiration with regard to integration. 60 people – immigrants – will benefit from counselling at the local legal advice centre. The Project Promoter will also conduct two public campaigns concerning immigrants in Lublin, one at the time of the election campaign, so that integration becomes a topic of political debate.
The project will primarily benefit immigrants living in Lublin. The city authorities will become more aware of the problems faced by foreigners. The immigrant community will be more visible, and its needs will be considered when city policies and the Lubelski integration model are being devised.