Note from the meeting with Yuvi Basant







On Tuesday Aleksandra Kubiak (helpline coordinator of Barka Ireland) met Yuvi Basant (Project Manager) in Kilkenny to discuss the project “Experience of migrant women”. The focus of the project is identifying the experiences of migrant women living in Ireland, Italy, Germany, Turkey and Poland.

This project is designed by the Center of Aware Study (Ireland) and it involves five countries: Poland, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Turkey. Important aspect of this project is to look at the experience of migrant women from ethnically diverse group such as asylum seekers, refugees.

During the meeting Aleksandra Kubiak and Yuvi Basant agreed that it would be very important to make the best of this project so that the voice of women in direct provision centers in Ireland is better heard. More than 5,000 people are currently living in direct provision centers in Ireland as asylum seekers, waiting for a decision on whether they would be awarded a refugee status.  In these centers families often live together in one room, while single people share with others. They are not allowed to work – though children can go to school – and adults receive €19.10 a week from the State. Many are left in limbo while the State decides on their future. A great challenge is to overcome the sexual exploitation taking place in direct provision centers. These includes women and minors being approached by pimps for the purposes of prostitution, children being groomed by men in the hostels and in the community and cases of sexual harassment and propositioning.

Aim of this project is to highlight experience of migrant women, their struggle and obstacles to develop academic models that could be introduced to officials and influence greater integration and education policy in the countries involved in the project.

Project outcomes:

Interviews (off camera if needed)

Digital handbook with stories of individuals and their experience in the host country

Photos exhibition

Final conference sharing the achievements of the project


Infolinia pomocowa dla Polakow w Irlandii / Barka IE new helpline project



Szanowni Państwo,

Mamy przyjemność zakomunikować, ze Barka IE zainicjowała działalność bezpłatnej linii informacyjnej – telefonu zaufania dla obywateli polskich znajdujących się w trudnych sytuacjach socjalnych na terenie Irlandii. Projekt infolinii jest finansowany przez Senat Rzeczpospolitej Polskiej.

W ramach infolinii będziemy się starać wspomóc naszych Rodaków w następujących kwestiach:

– generalne informacje dotyczące życia i zatrudnienia na terenie Irlandii
– porady dotyczące zatrudnienia i integracji z rynkiem pracy
– świadczenia socjalne
– zabezpieczenia społeczne
– porady prawno-administracyjne
– informacje o centrach pomocy dziennej oraz noclegowniach
– informacje w sprawie działających grup Anonimowych Alkoholików (AA) oraz Anonimowych Narkomanów (AN)
– oferujemy możliwość powrotu do jednej ze wspólnot Barki, gdzie ich uczestnicy maja dostęp do detoksykacji, terapii i uczenia się nowych umiejętności pracy.

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We are pleased to announce that Barka IE started a free helpline project to support Polish citizens in Ireland who found themselves in difficult social and economic situations. This project is funded by the Polish Senate.

As part of this service we will provide advice and support on issues such as:
– General information on living and working in Ireland
– Advice on employment and labour market integration
– social benefits
– Social security
– Legal and administrative advice
– Information on support centers day and night shelters
– Information on the working groups of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (AN)
–  We offer an opportunity to return home, to family, a rehab unit or a support networks run by NGOs, eg. Barka’s community houses in Poland, where a person can access detoxification, therapy and learn new work skills. We can also arrange for a rehabilitation.



Over 171 people sleep rough in Dublin

102 people were found sleeping rough in Dublin on the night of April 24 and 69 people were in the Homeless Night Cafe on that night.  This means that a minimum number of 171 people were without a bed for the night of April 24th.

This compares to a total of 152 people on the night of the previous count on November 30th (When 91 were sleeping rough & 61 in the night cafe)wanderer-814222_1920

The continuing problem of people sleeping rough is deeply worrying and unacceptable. There is much good work being done to support people but we all know the key to ending this crisis is to provide more homes and also to stop the constant flow of people becoming homeless.

The major reason for this crisis is the failure of previous governments to act to prevent a problem turning into a crisis and now it is an emergency situation.

The last Government did some work to help prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless and others to move on and secure a home. However, the actions were neither sufficient nor fast enough to deal with the problems, and in some areas, such as Rent Supplement, they actually helped transform the housing crisis into a homeless emergency. We must make sure these mistakes are not repeated. We need more action not more words. The next Government has to commit to a coherent set of actions required to achieve this urgently.

A programme to tackle the housing and homeless crisis should be at the heart of any new Government, and we have previously issued a five point plan setting out the key elements which should inform such a programme. These demands include calling for a cast iron commitment to end family homelessness with a firm target date to achieve this and also a commitment to build 40,000 social homes over the next 5 years.


Many people have told us that they would like to attend the conference planned for Saturday but family and other social commitments make attendance difficult.

We have been encouraged by the level of interest shown, as well as the regret at the inconvenient day.  And so in those circumstances we have decided to reschedule the conference to a weekday when we believe the conference will provide a more complete forum for exchange amongst greater numbers.

The Conference will now take place on 14th April, we w ill be in touch as soon as the details are finalised.


Current challanges in social policy. Poles in the EU. Homelessness and migrations


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Ewa Sadowska of Barka Ireland took part in a scientific conference „Current challanges in social policy. Poles in the EU. Homelessness and migrations”. organised by Jan Długosz Academy in Czestochowa  on the 3rd of December 2015. The conference highlighted a collection … Czytaj dalej

Civil Society Award for Barka


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BARKA Foundation has won the 2nd prize (Civil Society Award) from the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels for the project of vocational training centres for social integration supporting the unemployed people to return to labour market.