On Monday Wrocław City Council announced their 4-tier strategy to better intercultural dialogue.
The number of foreign residents in Wrocław has increased substantially in the last ten years, so much so that now 1 in every 7 people in Wrocław is from abroad. The vast majority are of course from Ukraine.
According to data from 2016, Lower Silesia is second in Poland in terms of the number of applications for residence. Wrocław's foreign residents come from 120 different nationalities, while there are about 4,700 foreign students.
Speaking at the launch of the new strategy, Wrocław President Rafał Dutkiewicz expressed his condemnation of the racist incidents that have occured in the city in recent years.
"Unfortunately, we are still dealing with marginal, but disgraceful behavior from some of Wrocław's inhabitants towards representatives of other nationalities. And it must be said that this is unacceptable."
Some of the main points from the 4-tier strategy (which has been adapted from the strategy outlined in April) are as follows:
1. Knowledge and education
- Anti-discrimination tutorials, workshops, conferences and seminars, as well as social awareness campaigns
- intercultural education and meetings with ambassadors of different faiths and cultures
- schemes to be aimed at children, teenagers and adults of all ages
- More use of CCTV, plus support from police and city guards to intervene and support the victims of violence
- Protests against racial violence and discrimination
- Intercultural dialogue to be fostered and developed
- Continued support for foreigners through services such as (INFOLINK, Polish lessons, University activities for Erasmus students and assistance for migrants and refugees
- Establishing and building partnerships with the academic community and business sectors.
- Establishing and maintaining cooperation with international organizations and institutions
- Establishing co-operation with formal and informal groups of foreigners
The current strategy will be deployed until 2022, when its success will be fully examined. There are opportunities to expand on and tweak the strategy between now and 2022, as every year the scheme will be open to amendments and improvements.