29.04.22; 14:00 – 16:00
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24th 2022, almost 5 million people left the country. Polish cities, NGOs and ordinary residents has been facing an unprecedented challenge in Europe’s post-war history to address their needs. Large cities, and increasingly also small towns need to respond to the needs of a growing population of 2.8 million forced migrants who crossed Polish borders, providing them with shelter, education, employment, healthcare system and social services. This series of CMR Webinars Migration and Cities aims at discussing major challenges experienced by Polish local administrations, NGOs and other stakeholders who serve forced migrants and identify solutions that worked well in other international contexts.
This webinar will focus on spatial policies related to hosting forced migrants. First, the panelists engaged in managing and offering housing to forced migrants from Ukraine in Poland will discuss the main challenges they experience. Next, the panelists with expertise in spatial policies from other countries will discuss relocation and other housing strategies that could be lessons learned for Polish cities. They will explain the best spatial practices in hosting refugees from a short-term and a long-term perspective.
Chairs: Karolina Łukasiewicz , Marta Pachocka, Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw
- Migration Policies Research Unit & Socio-Cultural Research Unit, Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw
- Unia Metropolii Polskich
- Embassy of Switzerland in Poland