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Flaga UEWWPE - logoResearch project no. 7/5/2008/ EFI co-funded by the European Fund for the Integration of Third Country Nationals (EFI)

Project dates: January 2010-June 2010 (six months)

Project coordinator: Prof. Dr. Michał Buchowski (contact: mbuch(at)amu.edu.pl)

Participants:

Dr. Elżbieta Goździak (contact: emg27(at)georgetown.edu)
Dr. Natalia Bloch
(contact: nbloch(at)amu.edu.pl)
Dr. Izabela Czerniejewska
(contact: iza(at)czerniejewscy.poznan.pl)
Ignacy Jóźwiak, MA (contact: jozviak(at)gmail.com)
Agnieszka Mińkowska, MA
  (contact: opjaga(at)yahoo.com)
Anna Romanowicz, MA  (contact: tunelmb(at)gmail.com)

The project attempts to fill an existing “empirical void” on research concerning the integrational needs of immigrants in western Poland. The project’s main objective is to carry out anthropological research on the integration of citizens of so-called third country nationals, i.e. individuals from outside the European Union, who have come to Poznan. The research investigates their integration in three spheres: the labour market, the health service, and education.

Our key concept – integration – is a multifaceted process. It affects both foreigners – migrant newcomers who attempt to adapt to a new environment – as well as local hosts who assist (or restrict) this adaptation process. The above-mentioned spheres constitute some of the most important measures of integration: participation in the labour market and the subsequent level of economic self-sufficiency; the openness of the health service and the ability to make use of it; and, finally, access to education and the subsequent level of qualifications achieved, in particular by the children of migrants.

Our aim is to ensure that the openly-available report – both printed and available in pdf on our website [tu link do pdfa] – proves useful for representatives of various public administration offices and non-governmental organisations which work with migrants; for academics and researchers engaged with this theme; and for migrants themselves. By collecting, analysing and disseminating data on the above-mentioned aspects of migrants’ integration – and with this data being based on contact with the people concerned – we hope to support the activities of public institutions and organisations which assist migrants. Through conducting research among migrants and through collaboration with institutions that are in contact with them, we hope to provide recommendations that are suited to particular local conditions in terms of: the integration of these individuals; the planning of solutions as part of migration policy; and the activation of migrant communities and the host society.