Dear international donors and members of international organizations,
As a group of civil society organizations working for migrants and refugees in Poland, for many years we have been creating a broad platform for joint activities in the field of migration. We are at the center of crisis situations, close to migrants and refugees who need help. Help that has been particularly required in recent months by refugees from Ukraine. It is estimated that by September more than 6 million of them had crossed our border, and 1.5 million registered refugees currently reside here. Providing support for them has been a large-scale, enormous challenge that we have undertaken in cooperation with you – international NGOs. For your presence and financial support, we are grateful. However, this is not a letter of praise, but one in which we want to draw attention to the problems arising from our cooperation. In it we talk about an equal approach to the concept of partnership, respect for the limited time and resources of our organizations, unification of procedures, transparency and frankness. We have prepared 9 points that we would like you to reflect on and consider actions leading to change.
This letter was drafted by the Migration Consortium, a group of experienced migration-focused non-governmental organizations in Poland.