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Europe Talks Back

Poland: The border of humanity

Season 2, Ep. 23

In this episode of Europe Talks Back, Gail Rego tells the story of Elmi, a 60-year-old man who emigrated to Poland twenty-seven years ago from Somalia. Elmi started a new life in Poland's capital Warsaw and in 2007 established the Foundation “Good Start” in order to help newly arrived migrants with navigating the complex asylum process, translating official documents, arranging hospital visits, and organising Polish language courses.


Almost three decades after arriving in Warsaw, he had to deal with the ruling Law and Justice Party's hardline on immigration. Still, the opposition's victory in the October elections is giving him fresh hope for the future. Reporting on the ground by Maria Dybcio.


“Most of the people are like me, running from wars. First of all, you have to listen to them, and then you can decide what to do with them. Give them a chance” - Elmi

About our reporter: Maria Dybcio.


Key moments


00:00:03 - Intro

00:02:34 - Elmi’s story

00:04:45 - The journey to Europe

00:06:04-  A “Good Start” in Poland

00:09:17 - A new refugees’ crisis

00:11:57 - Anti-immigrants’ narration

00:14:25 - Today, before and after the elections

00:18:38 - Outro and credits


Credits and staff

The second season of Europe Talks Back is produced in partnership with Sphera Network, the first network of independent media in Europe to reinvent the media space and paint a new picture of the continent through impactful, unbiased, raw, and authentic stories.


The producer and executive producer of Europe Talks Back is Alexander Damiano Ricci.

The editor of this episode is Andrew Connelly.

The host and narrator of this episode is Gail Rego.

Sound editing and mixing is by Jeremy Bocquet.

Reporting for this story by Maria Dybcio.


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