School of Human Rights for Migrants

A huge number of migrants keeps coming to Russia every year: only in 2013, approximately 8 million foreigners were registered as migrants. Migration is a vital economical need of Russia, at the same time negative public sentiment makes migrants second-class people.

As a result, retrograde hierarchic structure is formed in the country with migrants as lower classes. It leads to the degradation of the Russian society as a whole, and affects relationships between migrants and host population.

Most of them arrives to Russia from countries with authoritarian political regimes; they have no idea what human rights are about, they do not know anything about the necessity of defending them and ways of doing it. Many of them have psychological problems due to dramatic circumstances of their departure and difficulties of the integration into Russian society.

Most migrants are not prepared to defend their human rights on their own, due to the lack of basic knowledge of human rights, Russian legislation and availability of such knowledge.

During the year, project participants will attend law lessons, study Russian and computers. We will tell them about basic human rights, ways of their defending, how to communicate with law enforcement officials, how to apply to court, about children’s rights to education, and ways to settle conflicts.

At our computer course participants of the program will gain some knowledge and will be able to do simple tasks on the computers: will learn how to use search engines and word processing program. Russian knowledge will make it easier for migrants to integrate into the society and enable them to be more active in public life.

We plan six series of two-month courses for groups of 9-10 people. During the project, we will gather information on difficulties, which our clients come across, how their rights are violated, in order to understand what areas need to be addressed first. We also plan to publish a booklet with the information for those who come to Russia and will place this information on our website.

When the studies come to the end, the project will continue – we will follow up our clients and evaluate what knowledge was more helpful.