The host of the meeting, Anna Rostocka, head of IOM's Poland office, introduced participants to its objectives and tasks. Established in 2002, IOM Poland, addresses the growing operational and socio-economic challenges in managing migration.
The 17 goals agreed to be achieved by 2030 adopted by UN General Assembly in September 2015 for the first time in the history included an explicit reference to the issue of migration. This is a response to the dramatically increasing scale of issues that the signatories face in ensuring full participation in the social, economic and political lives of all people living in their territories and increasing racism present in society.
In Poland, a significant proportion of migrants are people coming to work or study. At the same time, employers notify growing shortage of workforce - both low and highly qualified – and hence it is extremely important to them to implement effective models ensuring smooth integration of foreign workers and their families into local communities.
To facilitate mutual recognition of differences and removal of distrust - and thus building of productive teams, consisting of native and foreign workers – IOM organises cultural orientation training, addressed to immigrants. Employers wishing to take on board foreigners from outside the EUare welcome to join dedicated training sessions focused on specific procedures involved. The next such workshops will be held in Kraków (14 April 2017) and Wrocław (21 April 2017). Such practical training sessions may be held at an employer's premises, subject that a minimum of eight employees are signed-up. Employers can additionally organise a training for their employees outside the EU, focusing on their rights and obligations in Poland – such events are free of charge for groups bigger than 30 persons.
IOM also runs an information hotline for immigrants and employers. The latter group is encouraged to use mobile application addressing a wide range of issues relating to the employment of immigrants: http://www.aplikacja.migrant.info.pl/
Following the presentation Janina Owczarek described tasks and current challenges of the National Cooperation Platform, which was formed in 2010 to facilitate exchange of experience for all immigrants living and working in Poland, identifying common problems and solving these in co-operation with stakeholders such as local authorities, NGOs and business.
The Platform is currently formed by over one hundred people from various institutions and organisations from all over Poland, experts on migration and integration. The Platform’s objective is to develop long-term, sustainable formula of activities involving all those, who are interested in addressing the problems faced by immigrants and working towards systematic solutions to support the integration of migrants into Polish society. More information: https://www.krajowaplatforma.pl/en/