On 11 October 2023, the College of Europe in Natolin hosted a workshop on preventing and counteracting gender-based violence, and a simulation game "Passages", as part of the Academy for Migrant and Refugee Integration in Polish Cities. The initiative consists of a series of workshops designed to address the integration of migrants and refugees in cities. The project supports local civil servants from various Polish towns.
The 18-month program is organized by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the OSCE (ODIHR), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the Council of Europe, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the Union of Polish Metropolises.
The Academy’s primary focus is on cities, as they often excel in responding to challenges related to the inclusion of refugees and migrants in the local communities. The workshops are tailored to assist the local administration in Poland, a level of governance crucial to the successful integration of migrants and refugees. The ultimate goal is to equip local personnel with the necessary training to respond effectively and flexibly to these challenges.