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Researchers on the Border. Intervention Activities

Project Promoter: Fundacja Ośrodek Badań nad Migracjami
Proposal: 1st call for intervention projects
Co-financed from the program: 14 992,86 EUR
Fundacja Laboratorium Badań i Działań Społecznych SocLab
Uniwersytet w Białymstoku. Instytut Socjologii
Fundacja Edukacyjna Jacka Kuronia, oddział terenowy w Białowieży
Fundacja na Rzecz Kultury "Walizka"
Duration time: 01.04.2022-30.11.2022

Reliable information about the humanitarian crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border does not reach the Polish society. By preventing the media from covering the events freely, Polish citizens are not very familiar with the perspective of people with migration experience, activists and borderland residents. Topics such as changes in the daily life of the local community, the evolution of neighbourhood relations, the economic consequences of the state of emergency or hostility towards aid workers do not reach a wide audience. In our project we would like to present them and explain the socio-political processes involved. This is the intervention project for two reasons: 1) it responds to anti-immigrant rhetoric by providing comprehensive information from the Polish-Belarusian border; 2) it responds to the dynamics of the situation at the border and social reactions. If we do not investigate it now, we will never investigate it, or someone will do it for us, not necessarily reliably. The project will deepen knowledge about the humanitarian crisis in the Polish-Belarusian borderland by networking researchers. Together we will create popular science materials about the humanitarian crisis. The addressees of the project are opinion makers (teachers, local governments, media) and recipients looking for reliable information about the crisis. The project is implemented by people from partner organisations associated in the group Researchers on the Border. The project leader is the Foundation Centre for Migration Research – an experienced organisation specialising in migration research. Partners are: the SocLab Research and Social Action Laboratory Foundation, the ‘Walizka’ Foundation for Culture, the Jacek Kuroń Educational Foundation and the Institute of Sociology at the University of Białystok.