Networking event: Vulnerable migrants and Social Welfare System in Poland
On 23 June 2022 in Warsaw, Poland, the Polish Migration Forum Foundation (PFM), in collaboration with ICMPD and the Association for Legal Intervention (SIP), launched the first networking event as part of the ICMPD-led project on Comprehensive Support for People in a Vulnerable Situation in the Polish Migration Management System (KOMPLEKS).
The purpose of this networking meeting was to strengthen cooperation of various Polish actors at the local level in supporting vulnerable migrants. The meeting brought together the representatives of civil society organisations and representatives of the Social Welfare Centres who identify and support vulnerable migrants on an everyday basis. The most important issues discussed at the meeting revolved around addressing the needs of unaccompanied minors and their temporary guardians, as well as the needs of migrants with disabilities. Other critical issues addressed systemic needs for preventing domestic violence, identifying its victims and providing the most effective support. In order to do so, strengthening cooperation between the local Social Welfare Centres, NGOs, schools and other public services is absolutely crucial. Finally, the problem with adequate housing for the vulnerable groups in Poland (especially for people with disabilities) was identified as one of the main challenges, both, in the short- and long-term perspectives. The participants exchanged their ideas to enhance communication and agreed on a roadmap to cooperate further in support of vulnerable migrants in Poland.