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Activities within MIP and streetworking undertaken during the period 1.10-19.12.2013

Migrants, who came to MIP

  • • were from 27 different countries
  • • contact with every third migrant took place more than once, with more than half of them – more than twice
  • • nearly 60% of people, who received support, have been in Poland for no longer than half a year, 80% of people who came to MIP have been to Poland for less than 2 years

Types of cases

  • 1. Migrants, who visited Migrant Info Point were mostly interested in free Polish language courses and support concerning finding a job in Poland (and establishing own business) and procedures related to legalization of their in Poland
    • • questions related to the language courses: 2/3 of people
    • • questions connected to the job market: 1/2 of people (half of them were interested in finding a job, the second half – in establishing their own company)
    • • Legalization of the stay: 1/3 of people
  • 2. Some other issues migrants, who came to MIP had:
    • • troubles with finding a flat
    • • questions about formalities related to getting married
    • • difficulties with finding a doctor who would speak foreign languages
    • • questions and the notification of diplomas

Forms of support offered within streetworking:

  • • communication with migrants on the Internet (writing emails, communication on Facebook)
  • • meetings with migrants outside the office
  • • assisting in different offices while fulfilling formalities
  • • assisting while signing agreements with flats’ landlordswork wit
  • • h the use of the Internet (searching for job offers, language courses, flats)
  • • consultations in various offices (using phone and email)
  • • promotion of the project and MIP at various meetings and “orientation days” at universities (PreMed at AMU, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poznan University of Economics)
  • •participation in events dedicated to migrants (such as Erazmus Date Auction)

Main barriers for the integration diagnosed so far:

  • •very poor offer o f free or affordable Polish language courses; courses, that are offered, are not run in a flexible hours; lack of information about all the courses in one place
  • • immigrants’ fear of clerks who apparently do not speak English
  • • lack of transparent information on self-employment possibilities
  • • lack of job offers in English
  • • long-running procedure of diploma nostrification
  • • lack of information on legalization of the stay procedures
  • • complicated situation of women who apply for citizenship while getting divorced and having a child with a Polish partner

lack of information on health insurance in English
lack of information about possibilities of renting a flat in English