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Migrant Rights: Nigerian-Polish Initiative

The project is being funded by the EC - UN Joint Migration and Development Initiative. Actions for the project are designed to be realized in both partner countries "Nigeria and Poland" with partner organizations coming from the two partner countries. The project seeks to create positive linkages between the phenomenon of migration and development in countries of migration origin and destination.
Migrant Rights: Nigerian-Polish Initiative is designed to enhance the protection of migrant rights in Poland. Fundamental in its goals include awareness raising, knowledge and skills improvement on the rules, rights and obligations of migrants, as well as to encourage respect for the rights of migrants. Project actions are as well designed to support and/or assist the integration process of migrants in Republic of Poland.

While the project will improve the knowledge of migrants on the dangers of using illegal  channels of migration, it will facilitate networking for practitioners to learn from each other, and support to the creation of partnerships to strengthen the role of migrant groups in development processes and interventions in countries of origin. It will enhance the exchange of knowledge and information on labour migration policies in Nigeria and Poland.


Key actions to be taken in the project are:

- development of refugee rights and legal aid program to  render legal assistance to migrants in Poland;
- awareness campaigns to promote the knowledge of potential migrants about the dangers of using illegal channels of migration;
- provision of informational consultation services in Nigeria regarding travelling and employment opportunities in destination countries;
- development of legal counseling and advice to migrant family members to encourgae family reunification;
- provision of hotline services to report abusive, exploitative labour and inappropriate recuitment practices and violence against women;
- organizing training program in Poland as well as using promotional activities to improve the knowledge and skills of migrants;
- development of a website with valuable information for migrants;
- preparation and dissemination of brochures with information on migrant rights and migration policies in Nigeria and Poland.


 
 



Mr. Wisdom U. Ejebugha
Project Overall Coordinator
wejebugha@fipp.org.pl

Wisdom Ejebugha is a graduate of the Faculty of Economic Sciences University of Warsaw Poland. In 2008, he obtained his Master of Arts (M.A) degree in the field of Development Economics at the University of Warsaw Poland. In 2002, obtained his Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in the department of Banking and Finance at Imo State University Owerri Nigeria. He is currently appointed the Secretary-General of the Nigeria in Diaspora Organization Europe (Polish Chapter). In 2005 - 2006, he worked as an Enumerator for the National Population Commission Nigeria at Oguta Local Government Area. Between 2004 - 2005, he obtained the certificate of national service at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Nigeria. From (2000 - 2003), he worked as the Secretary-General of the Nigerian Youths for Better Governance (NYBG). He worked from 1999 - 2002 as Financial Officer of the Nigerian Rights Organization. In 2007, he received the joint awards from the UNDP, Development Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Poland and Institute for Regional and Global Studies University of Warsaw co-sponsored context on "Poland is a Paradise".

Michał Cios
Project Assistant
mcios@fipp.org.pl

Michał Cios is a graduate of the Faculty of Law, Canon Law and Administration at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (KUL). In 2009, he obtained his Master of Arts (M.A) degree in the fied of Administration at the above mentioned University - KUL.
He was working as a manager in the Splawik Fishing since 2009. In 2007 - 2009, he was working as the Customer Sercive Representative at World Discount Telecommunications Inc thanks to the victory on the "Best of the Best" contest organized by the KUL Office of Career. Currently he works as the Research Assistant on the United Nations Development.

 

dr Tomasz Sieniow
Project Lawyer
tsieniow@fipp.org.pl

Graduate of Faculty of Law at the Catholic University of Lublin (M.A. in Law - 1997) and Chicago-Kent College of Law (LL.M. in International and Comparative Law - 2000). Holds Ph.D. in law from Catholic University of Lublin (2003) on the dissertation topic of "Exhaustion of Patent Rights - Comparative Study". He was Tempus Exchange Student (1996) and Visiting Research Fellow (2002) at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Visiting Scholar at Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Note Dame (2008). Since 2005 Associate Professor in the Department of European Union Law, at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. Since 2001 he serves as a President of the Board of the Rule of Law Institute. Fluent in English and Russian.

 

Grzegorz Pawłowski
Law Intern
gpawlowski@fipp.org.pl

Grzegorz Pawłowski is a graduate of the Law Faculty at the Catholic University of Lublin (M.A. in Law - 2009). His thesis focused on public international law. In the same year, he graduated from Center For American Law, a joint initiative of KUL and Chicago-KENT College of Law. He mastered his skill in international law and in English by competing in Telder's International Moot Court Competition and Manfred Lach's Space Law Moot Court Competition. Now he works at the position of Law Intern in the Rule of Law Foundation Institute.


Izabela Precz
Law Intern
iprecz@fipp.org.pl

Izabela Precz is fifth-year student of the Law Faculty at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. She started her co-operate with the Foundation in 2006 as a volunteer under the project 'Street law' and 'The Center for Free Legal Advice in Lublin'. She is currently working as a communications and promotion specialist under the project 'Regional Network of Immigrant's Support in Lublin' and continues to volunteer giving advice in civil cases.

 

 

 

project partners

Human Support Services (HSS) is the partner to the project, "Migrant Rights: Nigerian-Polish Initiative" funded by the European Union through the EC - UN Joint Migration and Development Initiative. HSS is a non-governmental organization established in Nigeria in 2003. The office of Human Support services is located in Nigeria. It has been working the last 7 years in promoting opportunities to build human capacity of communities and local groups to advocate for policy and resources that support equitable development at the grassroots, promoting human rights, good governance, rule of law and reducing poverty through its capacity building and advocacy. Its partners are; Westminster Foundation for Democracy London, National Democratic Institute, UNDP/UNEAD/EU/DFID, Action Aid, UNICEF, International Republican Institute, Research Triangle Institute, Airlington USA and the World Bank.
Actions for the project are designed to take place in Nigeria. The project which aims to enhance protection of migrant rights in both home and destination countries has the goal to raise awareness about the dangers of using illegal channels of migration from Nigeria.
Key activities to the project from the HSS side are organizing conference to promote the knowledge of potential migrants about the dangers of using illegal channels of migration; providing informational consultation services regarding travelling and employment opportunities in destination countries; developing the legal counseling and advice to migrant family members to encourage family reunification; working with the Polish partner organization to enhance the echange of information on migration policies; developing a website with valuable information; preparing and distributing brochures with information on migration policies in Nigeria.

project partners

 


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