Gdańsk- the first Polish city which developed the model of immigrant integration at the local level

Gdańsk- the first Polish city which developed the model of immigrant integration at the local level

Gdańsk is the first Polish city which developed its own model of immigrant integration. It is an unique and innovative approach to immigrant integration at the local level.

In a country where the central government is not supporting integration of refugees and migrants from the Middle East, Pawel Adamowicz, the Mayor of Gdansk  took the initiative in his hands and created a body called the Migrants Council to help assess the City Council on migration affairs. As a result the first Polish model of immigrant integration at the local level was developed and implemented.

As we read in an article recently published on the UNCHR website.

“The Gdansk Model is a comprehensive programme to help refugees and migrants integrate. The idea is that individuals and institutions in all spheres, from education and culture to labour and health, should actively include refugees. An advisory council, with 13 migrant representatives, including two refugees, keeps the Mayor abreast of refugee concerns.

Gdansk, with a population of 460,000, is home to some 25,000 refugees and migrants. Most are from parts of the former Soviet Union such as Chechnya and Ukraine, but there are also refugees from Rwanda and Syria.”

You can read more about the model here.

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