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Polish migration policy – directions of activities 2021-2022

We have received an appendix to the draft resolution that defines the directions of Poland’s migration policy in the years 2021-2022. The subject of the document is: legal migration, illegal migration, protection of foreigners, integration of foreigners, migration of Poles and the European dimension of migration policy. Some establishments are worrying and some do not seem to be effective.

In the case of legal migration, we believe that managing the process of legalization of stay from the central level cannot be fully effective. Centralization of customer service may only worsen the current situation, where you can often encounter for instance an unresponsive hotline.

We believe that the preparation of additional reports by the implementers of integration programs will only cause more bureaucracy in the field of integration assistance to foreigners. Implementers of integration will be forced to devote their time to those additional reports instead of focusing their attention on foreigners.

In addition, the establishment regarding the prevention of threats related to the access of foreign workers and students to exclusive knowledge, technology and objects that are important from the state’s point of view is disturbing, as it may lead to discrimination on the grounds of citizenship, which should be absolutely excluded in the field of science. The government administration should be more involved in integration programs for foreigners, especially in financial matters. It is worth considering the increase of free Polish language courses offers financed from government funds.

One should also pay attention to the establishment concerning the “Karta Polaka”(Pole’s Card). The legislator should not deprive a foreigner of this card due to the issuance of obligation to return decision as this will lead to widespread abuses in this respect.

Full opinion and comments can be found on our website.

The amended provisions of the act on foreigners significantly deteriorate the legal situation of migrants in many establishments. Attention should be paid to long-term proceedings regarding the granting of a residence permit by the Voivode, which violate the applicable provisions and to the problem of access to the labor market by foreigners who are parties to the proceedings on granting a temporary residence and work permit. We believe that the attention must be focused on a long-term migration strategy without which a short-term migration policy is simply not effective.

The project is funded by the Active Citizens – National Fund program, financed by the EEA Grants

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