The president of Sopot, Jacek Karnowski, already has a place for a family fleeing Afghanistan. He argues that the authorities of other cities should also open up to refugees. However, without the support of the government, there is nothing it can do.
Guest House at Skwer im. Kaczkowski in Sopot. Four apartment modules, each with two rooms, kitchen, bathroom. There are no luxuries, but everything you need to live is safe. This is where an Afghan family fleeing the Taliban could end up at first. And this is only at the beginning, because the city would look for a final apartment for them.
– Sopot has been helping refugees for years. Recently, a Belarusian fleeing the Lukashenka regime. That is why these temporary shelters were created, where several families can live – says the mayor of the city, Jacek Karnowski. Foreigners can also count on help in finding a job, arranging complicated formalities and learning the language.
No cooperation with the government
There are currently 15 people in the guesthouse. In total, it helps 30 people who have fled Belarus. – I prefer to call them our guests than refugees, because it stigmatizes them – emphasizes the president.
– If every local government decided to take such a step, it would not be a problem. Many Polish cities have such places – convinces the president of Sopot. However, local governments do not conduct migration policy on their own. Local authorities can only help when foreigners have been legally admitted to the territory of Poland. – Unfortunately, there is no cooperation with the government in this matter – adds the president.
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