Poland: Integration for Independence (Traduction non officielle)
Type of Information
Warszawskie Centrum Pomocy Rodzinie and Fundacja Dobrych Praktyk
Jerzy Jończyk (Identifiez-vous pour envoyer un courriel)
Contact Person Function
This project provided additional integration support to migrants under international protection in Poland, building on the one-year individual integration programme already being run by The Warsaw Family Assistance Centre. The project offered various activities which focused on furthering social and economic inclusion.
Issue/Challenge and Goal/Assumption
- The one-year individual integration and social inclusion programme already in existence in Warsaw was assessed to be too short to guarantee full integration into the labour market and social life of the country for migrants, so this project was created as a way to extend its work.
- The overall aim of the project was to a) enhance the level of independence and b) decrease the level of isolation of refugees and migrants living in Warsaw.
How does it work
Every individual underwent a personal assessment before participation, and was then offered a programme tailored to their specific needs. The project offered the following:
- Assistance in searching for accommodation;
- Assistance in searching for a job: workshops on applications, self-presentation and labour law;
- Facilitation of connections with local institutions and the local community;
- Specialist support and guidance from psychologists, nurses, career advisors;
- Vocational training according to existing skills;
- Computer workshops;
- Driving courses;
- Polish language courses;
- Support groups for women with small children.
The project ran from 2008 to 2015. 546 migrants took part, of whom 490 achieved the expected level of integration.
(To read about how specific psychological support can further reduce the risk of social exclusion and facilitate better integration, read a case study from Croatia here.)
Telephone surveys were conducted with participants and the following conclusions were drawn:
- 97% participants rated the project positively or very positively;
- The project had a significant impact on the degree of integration in all areas, clearly reducing the risk of social exclusion of migrants under international protection;
- The vast majority of participants are now active in the labour market, although not all in the type of work they would have liked or expected;
- The most valued forms of support were the professional guidance, Polish language courses and vocational training.
The participants made recommendations for improvement as follows:
- 32% requested more training, particularly vocational;
- 25% requested more accommodation support;
- 21% requested some form of financial support;
- 14% requested specialised support for the youth;
- 14% requested more Polish language classes.
On the basis of the evaluation report, it was decided to continue the project in a modified form.
Who will benefit?
Refugees and migrants aged 18-65 years who had been granted subsidiary protection and were living in Warsaw.
Source of funding and Resources used
The project was co-financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund, under the Human Capital Operational Programme.
Staff hired for the programme were social workers (1.5 posts), migrant assistants (2 posts), an educational advisor (part-time), a visiting nurse, a psychologist and a career counsellor.
Find out more about projects run by the centre and co-financed by the EU here.