Life & work
The campaign called “Razem w sieci, razem w Polsce” (“Together on the web, together in Poland”) will present real life stories of Ukrainians who have made a positive impact on their local communities in Poland, including Olga Pasichnyk, an acclaimed opera singer, Kira Sukhoboichenko, a teenage activist who inspires the youth to share their creative ideas, or Vadym Melnyk, a successful entrepreneur recognized on Forbes’ “25 Under 25” list. The aim of the “Our Choice” Foundation is to bring the two nations together, stress the importance of dialogue and mutual understanding in building strong local communities and ultimately - to help create a more open, friendly society. Launched in partnership with the cities of Gdańsk, Katowice, Kraków, Łódź, Warszawa and Wrocław, the campaign will also emphasize the economic, social and cultural contribution made by Ukrainian residents to the Polish cities e.g. through initiatives such as the Ukrainian House in Warsaw, which supports migrant integration into Polish society. To follow the campaign, visit the foundation’s Facebook page (information available in Polish).
The “Our Choice” Foundation was established in 2009 by Ukrainians and their Polish friends to help Ukrainian migrants integrate into their host country as well as to promote Ukrainian culture in Poland and support the development of cultural, educational, economic and political relations between the nations. Nowadays the foundation regularly takes part in initiatives and projects which are addressed to all groups of foreigners in Poland.
Ukrainian citizes have been for years the largest foreign-born community in Poland. According to 2021 report by the Polish Office for Foreigners, Ukrainians constitute over half of all holders of residence permits in Poland. Read more: Poland welcomes thousands of new residents amid the pandemic