Accessibility Tools

Foreigner – Resident – Neighbour

Project Promoter: Centrum Promocji i Rozwoju Inicjatyw Obywatelskich OPUS
Proposal: 1st thematic call
Co-financed from the program: 110 309,59 EUR
Fundacja Białorusini w Łódzkim (Poland)
Polsk-norsk forening Razem=Sammen (Norway)
Duration time: 01.12.2021-31.05.2023

The project addresses the need to involve foreigners living in the City of Lodz in civic activities and to raise awareness of residents’ rights. It will also help solve the problem of foreigners not being taken into account in city policies. According to the analysis undergone for the Strategy of the City of Łódź 2030+, as many as 20% of permanent residents are foreigners. These data do not take into account the current political situation and migration from Ukraine. People arriving in Lodz in an unplanned way, e.g. as a result of forced migration, have difficulties with adaptation. They do not know residents’ rights, education system, health care, or labour market, which makes their everyday life difficult. In this project, we aim to involve foreigners in civic activities and urban policies in 3 areas: ‘the resident’, ‘the neighbour’ and ‘the citizen’. We will launch the ‘Resident’s Academy’, which will include training on migrants’ rights and a Polish language course for foreigners. We will create Intercultural Neighbourhood Activity Zones, through which we will strengthen neighbourhood integration. We will organise seminars and set up a team to include foreigners in city policies in Lodz (with the participation of officials, NGO’s and foreigners). Our partners are: Foundation Belarusians in the Lodzkie Province, with which we work for the Belarusian community, and Association Together from Kristiansand (bringing together Poles in Norway), which supports us with its practices of including foreigners in civic activities and urban policies.