Refugees and Migration: Poland, Ukraine and the EU Perspective [EN] 

July 15, 2022 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Description: Through a roundtable discussion, speakers will bring to the table their perspective on migration and refugees in Ukraine and Poland, including the impact of the European asylum policies on the ground and intersectional aspects. Together with the audience, they will discuss the role of the civil society in assisting refugees and discuss challenges NGOs and activists face. The session will also look into the situation of diverse Ukrainian communities in Poland at the moment. Speakers will draw comparison between their countries policies and the European Union to explore the possibilities of a reform and envision the future of the European asylum policy.


  • Tomasz Aniśko

Dr. Aniśko holds M.S. degree in horticulture from the University of Life Sciences in Poznań, Poland and Ph.D. in horticulture from the University of Georgia in Athens, US. Dr. Aniśko has 25 years of experience in research and plant collection management at institutions in Poland, Belgium, UK, and the US. He dedicated much of his career to plant exploration and participated in numerous expeditions in Asia, Australia, Europe and South America. Dr. Aniśko joined the Polish Green Party in 2018 and a year later won a seat in the Polish Parliament.


  • Maria Giovanna Manieri (moderator)

Maria Giovanna Manieri is a human rights lawyer specialised in migrants’ rights and asylum and the Head of the Rights and Democracy Unit of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament. She previously worked as Political Advisor on Foreign Affairs, focusing on the Middle East, Turkey and North Africa. Prior to that, she worked as Political Advisor on Migration and Asylum within the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.


  • Yana Salakhova, NGO Theatre for Change 

Head of NGO Theatre for Change, practitioner of the Theatre of the Oppressed methodology, independent expert on issues of disicrmination, hate speech and hate crimes in Ukraine



  • Myroslava Keryk, Fundacja “Nasz Wybór” 


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