Lublin, Poland - Intercultural City
Lublin is the biggest city in eastern Poland with a population of 362,000.
There are 1085 (officially registered) foreign residents in the city and some 3000 foreign students registered with Lublin universities and colleges. This does not reflect the numbers of ethnic minorities given the sensitivities and difficulties of data collection (in a nationwide census carried out in 2002 only 350 people responded to a question relating to nationality alone). The municipality is aware of 14 German minority residents, some 100 Ukrainians (these statistics vary given the growing numbers of migrants seeking employment and staying only for a period). There are some 30 Russians known to the authorities and some 40 Jewish people. In the province there are some 670 members of the Roma community. Lublin is now receiving growing numbers of new migrants and asylum seekers mainly from Asia and the Middle East, with the largest (and growing) group being Chechens. The municipality faces challenges in integrating some of these groups, as they tend to perceive Lublin as a transit city to the rest of (Western) Europe.