The influx of millions of people fleeing the war in Ukraine, triggered by Russia’s aggression, has been met with an unprecedented grassroots movement of spontaneous public support in Poland. This has allowed mostly mothers with children who left Ukraine to settle in our country, while providing those fighting for the survival of their country with the sense that their loved ones are safe far from the front lines.
Four main stakeholders are involved in providing aid, forming a support network. These include NGOs, grassroots civil society initiatives, local governments, and government institutions. The consequences of the influx of people from Ukraine, their integration and scenarios for the development of the situation in various aspects of the state activity will be presented in the report “Hospitable Poland 2022+”. During the debate we will present the assumptions of the document, which is scheduled for publication in the second half of June 2022.
The report is being prepared by the WiseEuropa Foundation in cooperation with a broad team of researchers from, among others, the University of Warsaw, the Warsaw School of Economics and the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities. The document focuses on actions guiding Poland and the Ukrainian citizens staying with us through the process of “soft integration” and building foundations for their “hard integration” in the future. It contains proposals for actions that will, on the one hand, integrate people fleeing the war in Ukraine into the daily life of Polish society in the short term and, on the other hand, leave them full freedom to decide where they want to live after the war is over.