IV LICEUM OGÓLNOKSZTAŁCAÇE IM. MIKOŁAJA KOPERNIKA W RYBNIKU
TITLE: A foreigner doesn’t mean a stranger – Ukrainian immigrants in Rybnik
SPEAKERS: Kinga Kosinska, Pawel Sobala, Barttlomiej
Rybnik is located in the southern Poland, about 400 kilometres from the Ukrainian border and is inhabited by 140 thousand people. In the recent years the increase of imigration from Ukraine to Poland can be seen, even in Rybnik. Now, the number of Ukrainian people is 4 000, which is about 3% of all Rybnik’s population and the number is still increasing. In our project we will focus on ways of social inclusion of the immigrants, show the activity of institutions and organizations which take care of them. To investigate what troubles they experience, we are going to run the following research: surveys and interviews with the Ukrainians (adults and youth), with Poles (workers and co-workers) and with the representatives of the non-governmental organizations and collect information from departments. Areas of our research’s interest are legal barriers regarding the regulations of foreigners functioning in Poland, their level of language knowledge and establishing social relationships. Our surveys and interviews are adapted to the age of the respondents. Our project aims to answer the question of social inclusion of the Ukrainians and whether it can be improved.