Lublin, Poland - Intercultural City
Lublin is the largest city in Eastern Poland with a population of apx. 340 000 residents and important academic hub: home to 9 universities with a large population of international students. Modern immigration processes in Lublin started at the beginning of the 21st century, with the city opening up to internationalisation of its universities, reaching the level of 11,6% of international students in 2020. The largest foreign students groups come from Ukraine, Belarus, Taiwan and Zimbabwe. On the other hand, the proximity of the EU eastern border combined with boosting economy attracts ever growing migrant community with vast majority coming from east European countries.
Lublin is also home of well-established non-governmental organizations working in the field of intercultural integration as well as minorities support. The Municipality of Lublin welcomes the ongoing, long lasting cooperation in the field and participatory development of its integration policies through the Integration Support Group (2013-2020) which was then transformed into Civic Dialogue Commission on Lublin’s system of migrants integration.
Last but not least, well developed network of partner cities and international projects in the field of culture, business and science, participation, sports and issues such as inclusion policies, provides the City of Lublin with a wide scope of experiences and good practices which are being incorporated in local policies and city development strategy.
In 2023 Lublin will proudly carry the title of European Youth Capital.