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Poland: Gdańsk, first city to adopt its own Model of Integration (Unofficial translation)

On 30 June 2016, the City Council of Gdańsk adopted - after a series of meetings with inhabitants - its own Model of Immigrant Integration to support immigrants and refugees who reside in the city. The document contains concrete procedures on how to help immigrants find employment or accommodation, access healthcare, learn Polish, etc.

Although several other cities, including Warsaw, are also working on policy documents on diversity management, it is the first time such a comprehensive local integration strategy is adopted in Poland. The opposition (members of the ruling party at the national level) voted against the document. They were supported by a small group of individuals, representing the Congress of the New Right and the League for the Defense of Sovereignty, who protested against the strategy and the relocation Muslim refugees in front of the City Hall.

Paweł Adamowicz, the Mayor of Gdańsk, has been nominated for the World Mayor Prize which will award a mayor ‘whose city has done the most to welcome immigrants and have used their skills to enrich and diversify the society culturally and economically.'

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