In Lublin are numbers of non-governmental organizations providing help and support to foreigners, usually concerning polish language learning, legal advice and psychological help.
Non-governmental Organizations Supporting Foreigners
Caritas Archidiecezji Lubelskiej – Help Centre for Migrants and Refugees
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: 9.00-14.00
2 Prymasa Stefana Wyszyńskiego St (entrance from 15 Unii Lubelskiej Ave., Apt. 20, 21, 22
Tel./fax (+48 81) 743-71-86
4/5 Jezuicka St
Tel. (+48 81) 534-26-52
Armine Ożga - Margaryan Tel. (+48) 606-188-913
The Rule of Law Institute Foundation
Centre of Legal Advice for Foreigners in foundation’s building, Apt. 83
Manager: Sylwia Paduchowska (+48 81) 743-68-05
Refugees helpline: (+48) 606-703-933
Advice for refugees: Tel. 881-917-171
"Dla Ziemi" Association
5 Bratnik, 21-132 Kamionka
Tel. (+48) 603-882-082
Projects for foreigners:
1. “Chcemy mieszkać w Polsce” EFI Project
Implemented from February 2014 to June 2015, aims to help people with tolerated stay and under abolition.
2. “Głosem kobiet” Project
Project implemented within Norway Grants, aims to help women, mainly refugees with integration.
Municipal Family Support Centre in Lublin
7 Grodzka St, 20-112 Lublin
Tel. (+48 81) 466-53-35
General Help for Foreigners
Help is provided for people living on the administrative area of Lublin, who have permission for settlement, refugee status, subsidiary protection, permission for a stay on humanitarian basis, tolerated stay and citizens of EU, who were granted permission for a stay in Poland.
Depending on individual conditions migrants may receive following help:
1) Cash benefits:
a) permanent benefit
b) periodical benefit
c) purpose benefit (together with special purpose benefit)
d) benefit for economical independence
f) benefit for independence and maintenance and coverage of expenses connected with education
g) benefits in cash for the maintenance and coverage of expenses connected with the learning of the Polish language for foreigners, who were granted refugee status or subsidiary protection on the territory of Polish Republic
h) guardian salary for custody granted by a court
2) Benefits in kind:
a) social work
b) credit ticket
c) health insurance
d) social insurance
e) material assistance
f) funeral assistance
g) specialized guidance
h) crisis intervention
l) guardian services in the place of residence, in support centers and family-based assistance house
m) professional guardian services in a place of residence or help centers
n) sheltered accommodation
o) stay and services in residential home
q) assistance in optimizing living conditions
Assistance for Persons Under International Protection
The Act on Social Assistance also provides for integration assistance to persons covered by international protection. At present, it applies to the refugees and foreigners granted the subsidiary protection on the territory of Poland.
The assistance is provided within an individual integration program, agreed between the poviat centre for family support and the foreigner, specifying the amount, the scope and the forms of assistance, depending on the individual life situation of the foreigner and his/her family. The assistance is provided during a period not exceeding 12 months, and its major components are:
-benefits in cash for the maintenance and coverage of expenses connected with the learning of the Polish language,
-the payment of contributions to the health insurance specified in the provisions on the general insurance with the National Health Fund.
Social assistance is a support provided to people in need and may cover: education for foreign children, health services, suspension of fees concerning issuing residence card, help for homeless. What is more, migrants are constantly motivated to take up professional activity.
To receive such support pay a visit to Social Welfare Office according to your place of residence.
Foreigners entitled to social assistance in Poland are:
1) foreigners with registered residence on the territory of Poland:
a) on the basis of permanent stay permit, EU long term stay permit, temporary stay permit; persons with refugee status or subsidiary protection
b) on the basis of tolerated stay or due to humanitarian reasons – help includes shelter, food, necessary clothing and some cash benefits;
2) citizens of EU or EFTA countries residing on the territory of Poland on the basis of temporary or permanent stay permit.
What is more, victims of human trafficking are entitled to social assistance including shelter, food, crisis intervention, clothing, cash benefits.