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Seminar on "Rights and Obligations of Foreigners Studying in Poland" in Kraków concluded

The seminar on the "Rights and Obligations of Foreigners Studying in Poland" held in Jagiellonian University's Center for Human Rights in Krakow has been concluded. The seminar was organized by the Rule of Law Institute Foundation in the framework of the project 'Migrant Rights: Nigerian-Polish Initiative'. The seminar was organized in Kraków to offer foreign students in Kraków a sense of belonging.

The seminar which has had the merits to enlighten foreign students on their rights and obligations in Poland, and to share information on the Polish labour law and civil contracts for undertaking employment by foreign students, was attended by many Nigerian students who study at different institutions of higher learning in the region.

The Rule of Law Institute Foundation organizes a one-day seminar in Kraków

The Rule of Law Institute Foundation organizes a one-day seminar in Kraków in the framework of the project Migrant Rights: Nigerian-Polish Initiative on the title; "Rights and Obligations of Foreigners Studying in Poland". The seminar aims to:

1 enlighten foreign students on their rights and obligations in Poland

2 share information on the Polish labour law and civil contracts for undertaking employment by foreign student

Foreign nationals studying in Poland are invited to be part of the program as the knowledge will promote their integration in Poland.

For more information regarding the date and venue of the seminar, click the program agenda below.

Program of seminar

Rights and Obligations of Foreigners Living In The Republic Of Poland

An information brochure on the "Rights and Obligations of Foreigners Living In The Republic Of Poland" has been prepared and published in the framework of the project, "Migrant Rights: Nigerian-Polish Initiative". The brochure prepared by the project team of project Polish partner organization, "Rule of Law Institute" is available for download on this website.

This publication is not only a legal guide for migrants, it is self-educating on the rights and obligations of migrants and acts as a companion for migrants who experience drastic plights in advancing the knowledge of their rights and obligations in the Republic of Poland. Rights and Obligations of Foreigners Living In The Republic Of Poland carries exhaustive information about the terms and conditions for the application for the legalization of stays as well as obtaining the Polish citizenship. The self-educating brochure is designed to promote the knowledge of migrants on their rights and obligations to accelerate their integration ambitions in the Republic of Poland. The publication is sponsored by the European Union through the European Commission - United Nations, Joint Migration and Development Initiative and implemented by the United Nations Development Progamme (UNDP).

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FIPP intervenes on accident with Maxwell Itoya

As the death of the Nigerian at the open market in Warsaw generates serious international attention, the Project Coordinator for the "Migrant Right: Nigerian-Polish Initiative", Wisdom Ejebugha, attended the meeting arranged by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Warsaw presided over by Her Excellency, Ms Asalina Mamuno, the Ambassador of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Poland regarding the killing of the deceased. At the meeting, Ms Asalina Mamuno appealed to Nigerians to be patient as the Embassy of Nigeria in collaboration with the leaders of the Nigerian community in Poland and other bodies concerned are taking necessary steps to ensure that all legal requirements to the investigation are met. As it stands, several steps have been taken to calm down the rising atmosphere.

Present at the meeting were many notable Nigerians living in Poland. Leaders of the Nigerian representative organizations, wife and children of Maxwell Itoya and the 26 Nigerians who were detained by the Police following the demonstration incident that happened as a result of the killing of Maxwell Itoya. It will be recalled that the Police still impound the international passports of the 26 Nigerians arrested and detained during the incidence. The Project Coordinator, Wisdom Ejebugha during the meeting called on Nigerians to exercise patience and work towards achieving a realistic goal in peace, stating that nothing will be achieved with violence. He maintained that effort will be made in collaboration with the Nigerian Embassy to ensure that the Police return their seized international passports to the Nigerian Embassy as they are the official documents of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Maxwell Itoya who is survived by his wife and three children was a Nigerian and had a Polish citizenship. Maxwell was shot dead by the Police during the control at the open market in Warsaw on the 23rd May 2010. He is the fourth Nigerian to be killed in Poland since the year 2000. Maxwell Itoya has been buried in Poland on the 22nd June 2010. Meanwhile, it will be recalled that a lot of Polish citizens joined Nigerians during the demonstration procession against police brutality in Warsaw, making up to 80% of the total number of demonstrators, indicating the Poles anger against the Polish Police action in killing the deceased.

Thanks to Her Excellency, Ms Asalina Mamuno, for her competent manner of approach to critical diplomatic issues, the effort is yielding fruits. Following the reports provided, the Federal Government of Nigeria has already summoned the Ambassador of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Abuja, Przemysław Niesiołowski, for briefing and clearance regarding the killing of Maxwell Itoya. Przemysław Niesiołowski according to the Nigerian Ambassador has made an open apology to the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the family of Maxwell Itoya in Nigeria.

The police preliminary report claims that when policemen approached the traders on Sunday morning one of them took flight. The report held that a fight broke out after apprehending the man by the police. Police report maintained that the man was shot after an officer's gun went off. Police spokesman claimed that they were hampered from giving the man immediate first aid because they were repeatedly attacked by a gang of traders.

A Condolence on the death of the Nigerian President

The Nigerian president, Umaru Yar'Adua has died last Wednesday, between 9:30 and 10:30 pm (2030 and 2130 GMT). The president felt ill last November and was flown to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for treatment for a heart condition where he died.

President Yar'Adua's death comes at a difficult time for Africa's most populous nation: Muslim-Christian violence erupted in the north of the country earlier this year, and there has been renewed unrest in the oil-rich Niger Delta.

Prior to the President's death, power was relinquished to his deputy Goodluck Jonathan as the Acting President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in February 2010, after three months out of the country and growing concern about a power vacuum at the top.

The Acting president Goodluck Jonathan already promised to step down in May 2011, at what would have been the end of Yar'Adua's tenure, and ensure free and fair elections, though carrying up the 2011 presidential flag.

Jonathan has sacked the entire Yar'Adua-formed cabinet, and swore in his own team with less than half of its members drawn from the old government. With deep heart, we regret the passing away of President Umaru Yar'Adua and we urge the Embassy of the federal Republic of Nigeria in Warsaw, representatives of the Nigerian community in Poland and all other Nigerians to bear the irreparable loss with fortitude.

International conference and workshop for lawyers "The Dangers of Illegal Migrations on Sender Countries".

Program of conference

Between the 12th and the 16th of April, 2010, a training for lawyers on the topic "The Dangers of Illegal Migrations on Sender Countries" was held in Lagos, Nigeria. On the first Day a meeting was held for the representatives of Nigerian NGOs and local community. Main topics for discussion were:

-Dangers of irregular channels of migration and measures to discourage illegal migrations from Nigeria and other African countries

-The challenges of human trafficking on economic development of Nigeria

-EU Labour Law and Migration Policies; Advantages and disadvantages of living and working abroad

-Integration of returned illegal migrants and the Nigerian policy on deportation

-Measures to discourage illegal migrations

-Providing knowledge & information to potential migrant workers & their spouses on labour migration

-Innovative measures to enhance protection of rights of migrant family members left behind

Thanks to major involvement of the participants, the conference proved to be successful, which was highlighted by the attendees.

On the second and third day a training workshop was held, and about twenty lawyers attended. During these three days, the participants attended series of lectures, discussion panels and training workshops. Among the speakers there were persons working on the Project "Migrant Rights: Nigerian - Polish Initiative", including Wisdom Ejebugha, the program coordinator, and prof. Delaine R. Swenson, one of the founders of the Rule of Law Institute Foundation. The guests that were invited also attended, the conference, including prof. Ayodele Etsenuwa from Lagos State University and dr Oka Obono from the University of Ibadan.

Training workshop on "Migration Policies - Rights and Obligations of Migrants in the Republic of Poland" Held in Warsaw.

The Rule of Law Institute Foundation Lublin organized a 2-day training workshops which was held at the conference room of the Helsinki Foundation of Human Rights at ul. Zgoda 11 Warsaw. The workshop was titled "Migration Policies - Rights and Obligations of Migrants in the Republic of Poland". The 2-day training workshops which target about 22 participants aimed at enhancing the knowledge of lawyers working in the field of migration to assist migrants on legal issues of concerns as well as providing an avenue for the exchange of knowledge and information on migration policies between one of the new EU member state/ transition country and one of the Africa's most migrant sender country. The other major topics discussed and debated on, during the workshops include:

-Panel Discussion on Legal Aspects of the stay and residence of Citizens of Nigeria in Poland: Governmental Perspective

-Panel Discussion on Assisting Nigerian Migrants in the Process of their integration with Polish Society: Non-Governmental Organizations perspective.

-The problems/challenges of Nigerians living and working in Poland; and protection of rights of Nigerian migrants in Poland;

-Rights of Migrants on Polish labour market (Labour migration policy in Poland)

-Discussion on the fundamentals of protection of rights of migrants and issues of Legalization of stays for Nigerian Migrants in Poland.

The 2-day training workshops were attended by some dignitaries including the Nigerian Ambassador to Poland and the President of the Rule of Law Institute Foundation and about 23 participants each day, many of whom are representatives from the:

-Nigerian Embassy in Poland

-Nigerian in Diaspora Organization Poland

-Nigerian in Diaspora Organization w Polsce

-Voivodship Office Lublin

-MOPR Lublin

-Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights

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-International Organization for Migration

-Centre for Legal Help

-Association for Legal Intervention

-Centre for Voluntary Work Association

-Centre for Information for Foreigners

-Some Polish Lawyers

-Nigerian Citizens resident in Poland

-UNHCR Office in Warsaw

In her special address, Her Excellency, Ms Asalina Mamuno, the Ambassador of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Poland, who stressed that there has been an increasing interest of Nigerians in Poland and the attendant influx of many of them into the country, maintained that the welfare or wellbeing of these Nigerians are important to the Federal Government of Nigeria which led the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the Late Umaru Yar'Adua administration to institute a policy called "CITIZEN DIPLOMACY" aimed at the protection of the rights and dignity of the Nigerians resident anywhere around the world. The Nigerian Ambassador reiterated the readiness of the Embassy to continue to attend to the complaints of the Nigerian citizens in Poland which border on immigration matters. Her Excellency thanked the Rule of law Institute foundation for finding a forum and an opportunity to highlight the issues for the attention of all concerned and thanked the sponsors of the project particularly for remembering the plights of Nigerians and seeking lasting solutions to them. In her advice, Ms Asalina Mamuno who ascertained that the welfare or wellbeing of Nigerians in Poland will be better protected and enhanced by a corresponding understanding of the laws of the land and respect for the rules that govern their stay in the territory of Poland, also encouraged Nigerians in Poland to conduct themselves in a respectable manner, honesty and transparency.

Other presenters or panelists at the workshop include; Mariusz Kucharek of the Immigration Department of the Voivodship Office Lublin, Ennetuk Effiong of the Consular Section of the Embassy of Nigeria in Wasrsaw, Beata Antosiewicz of the Warsaw Office of Border Guard, Pastor Folarin Kehinde of the Association of Nigerians in Poland who delivered a presentation on the challenges facing Nigerians in Poland, Agata Foryś of the Helsinki Foundation of Human Rights, Karolina Łebek of the Association for Legal Intervention, Dagmara Jachacz and Joanna Oleszkowicz of the Rule of Law Institute Foundation.

In her speech at the workshop, Karolina Łebek of the Association for Legal Intervention reiterated the readiness of the Association in carrying out its consultancy services for foreigners in all kinds of legal cases: labor law, administrative law, marriage regulations; assisting foreigners in obtaining residency in Poland; intervening in cases of delayed procedures; and providing translation services for foreigners in public offices.

The representative of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights- Agata Foryś outlined a list of areas the Foundation has been working to assist migrants which include providing legal assistance to those seeking asylum and refugee status during the procedures; distributing published booklets concerning the legalization of residence in Poland to migrants; providing assistance in preparing applications for refugee status and appeals against negative decisions.

Beata Antosiewicz of the Warsaw Border Guards responded to series of issues raised by the participants at the workshop regarding the unlawful arrests of migrants, the bureaucratic operational procedures of the Polish Consular Offices abroad, the discriminating nature of investigations by the Polish Border Guards in some parts of the country, the major challenges in assisting Nigerians in Poland with reference to the cultural differences, etc. In her observation, some migrants engage in fake marriages in order to obtain legal status in Poland. Beata Antosiewicz who maintained that the Border Guards work in collaboration with the Nigerian Embassy in Warsaw, revealed that about 106 Nigerians are being detained in 2009 in Poland for various administrative offenses. She promised for an improved method in the discharge of their duties to ensure that innocent migrants are not victimized.

Training Workshop.

Nigerian-Polish Initiative project has been scheduled to take place in March 2010. The training will improve the knowledge of participants on the roles, rights and obligations of migrants residence in the RP. Critical issues of residence permit, insurance, licenses, etc will be discussed. You are invited to be part of this training.

Program Agenda

Challenges Facing Nigerian Migrants in Poland By Mgr. Folarin, Kehinde Samuel Cracow University of Economics Poland A representative of Nigerian Association in Poland

Program Agenda Poster

Ready to attend the training, please contact:
Michał Cios(Project Assist)
Tel: + 48 81 743 68 05 extension: 28
fax: + 48 81 743 68 05
mcios@fipp.org.pl

The Program Coordinator returns from the preparatory visit to Nigeria.

As one of the cure activities for the project; 'Migrant Rights: Nigerian-Polish Initiative' funded by the European Union through the EC-UN Joint Migration and Development Initiative, the Program Coordinator embarked on a 4-day preparatory visit to the Nigerian partner organization to the project. The trip which aimed at elaborating action plans for the project was successfully completed within the spectrum of 28 to 31 December, 2009. The services of the local television media were invited to cover and report the events at the visit. The press conference held during the preparatory visit was covered by the Channels TV; Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Channel 5; Guardian Newspapers and The Punch Newspapers. Series of questions/issues were dealt with by the Program Coordinator while speaking on the dangers of illegal migration from Nigeria to foreign countries. The Program Coordinator who represented the Polish partner organization on the visiting trip to Nigeria said that there was the need to educate every youth in the country and 'other potential' migrants about the dangers of illegal migration from Nigeria and how it could smear Nigeria's image among the host of other nations. He called on Nigerians to utilize this great opportunity by stating that the knowledge to be acquired will be indelible in their minds and will reduce the loss of lives associated with traveling illegally to oversea countries.

Giving his vote of thanks to the Program Coordinator for his experience to initiate such a project and offering them an opportunity to partner in the project actions, the Project Director of Human Support services, Mr. Emeka Nsofor expressed gratitude that the European Union through the EC-UN Joint Migration Initiative for their wise decision to sponsor the project 'Migrant Rights: Nigerian-Polish Initiative' and offering them the opportunity to be partner to the project. Reiterating the readiness and commitment of partners the project in progress to effect the lifestyle of Nigerians in both Poland Nigeria, expresses confidence that the project will create valuable impacts in the lives of beneficiaries and Nigerians in particular.

FIPP President meets with Nigerian Ambassador to Poland.

The president of the Rule of Law Institute, dr. Tomasz Sieniow and the Program Coordinator of the project; 'Migrant Rights: Nigerian-Polish Initiative', Mr. Wisdom Ejebugha on Friday 15th January 2010 held a meeting with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Republic of Poland. At the meeting which lasted for about one and half hours at the office of the Nigerian Ambassador in Warsaw, dr. Sieniow stressed the need for corperation with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Poland in ehancing protection of the Nigerian migrants resident in Republic of Poland. The FIPP president used the opportunity to highlight the Her Excellency, Ms. Asalina R. Mamuno on the focus areas of FIPP and its loudable achievements since its inception in 2000/2001. The meeting aimed at specifying modalities of coorporation of the Nigerian Embassy in Poland with FIPP on enhancing the rights of Nigerians in Poland in the framework of the project entitled: "Migrant Rights: Nigerian-Polish Initiative".

Answering questions on how the project, 'Migrant Rights: Nigerian-Polish Initiative' can help protect the rights of Nigerians resident in Republic of Poland, the Program Coordinator reiterated the ready of the project staff to offer legal assistance to Nigerians who experience immigration and legal problems in Poland. Mr. Ejebugha who disclosed that about 19 Nigerians have being receiving legal assistance within the framework of the project since its inception, expressed gratitute for the project funded by the European Commission-United Nations, the Joint Initiative on Migration and Development (JMDI), implemented by UNDP.

Present at the meeting are; her Excellency, Honourable Ms. Asalina R. Mamuno - Ambassador of the Embassy of Nigeria to Poland; dr. Tomasz Sieniow - FIPP President; Mr. Wisdom Ejebugha - Program Coordinator; Engr. Aniefiok Ntuk - Chairman Nigeria in Diaspora Organization Poland; Pastor Folarin Kehinde - Finance Oficer NIDOE; Mr. Ennetuk Efiong Usoro - Minister Plenipotentiary Nigerian Embassy in Warsaw and Mr. Ayodeji Olukayode Roberts - Minister/Head of chancery Nigerian Embassy in Warsaw.

In her congratulatory mesage, Her Excellency Honourable Ms. Asalina R. Mamuno expressed satisfaction at the activities FIPP and especially Migrant Rights project staff carry out in the framework of the project and encouraged dr. Sieniow and Mr. Ejebugha to continue their works of assistance to Nigerians. Reaffirming that many Nigerians have diverse problems that require urgent attention, Her Excellency reiterated the Embassy's commitment to corporate with FIPP in the Nigerian-Polish Initiatice project. Thanking Mr. Ejebugha and his project team for initiating the project funded by the European Commission-United Nations, the Joint Initiative on Migration and Development (JMDI), implemented by UNDP, the Honourable Ambassador thanked the sponsors for embarking on such a wise and rewarding decision, and promised that the Nigerian government will be glad at the assistant offered to Nigerians through the project.

Expressing her interests in the project actions, Her Excellency urged FIPP president and Program Coordinator to keep her with the regular updates of the program events of the project and reaffirmed her readiness to attend the conference to held in Nigeria in April in the framework of the project, stating that she will convey the information to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Nigeria.

 


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