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Last Updated: Saturday, 2 September 2006, 08:53 GMT 09:53 UK
Polish workers get safety advice
Migrant workers and Polish and Welsh flags
Poles form a large part of EU migrants to the UK
A new scheme is aiming to raise awareness of community safety issues among migrant workers in Flintshire.

The Open Door Project will give Polish incomers better access to information including personal safety, road traffic law and environmental health.

It is a police-led initiative headed by Wrexham and Flintshire's dedicated diversity officer.

Three Polish workers were attacked in Flint in August, which police treated as a racially-motivated incident.

Flintshire Community Safety Partnership said they believed there were several hundred migrant workers in the county.

The partnership said many more travelled to work there from Wrexham, Liverpool and other areas.

Posters and cards have been printed in Polish advertising the project and distributed around the county.

Migrant workers have a positive impact on the local economy
David Hanson MP

The North Wales Race Equality Network is carrying out a study to find out the exact number and needs of migrant workers in the area.

Diversity officer Pc Gary McLeod and his project partner, translator Monika Thomas, offer a virtual help centre where migrant workers can contact them via mobile phone, text or email.

They hope to expand the project and establish an information drop-in centre where migrant workers can come to speak to representatives from various community safety agencies.

Chief Supt Phil Thomson, North Wales Police's Eastern Divisional Commander, said: "We are working closely with our partner agencies to help migrant workers integrate into Flintshire life and ensure they have the same rights and access to services as everyone else.

"Gary has worked extremely hard to develop this initiative and I'm sure it will be valued by members of the Polish community."

The project, which has already helped a number of people find the right support or advice, has been welcomed by Delyn MP David Hanson.

He said: "Migrant workers have a positive impact on the local economy and this new initiative will provide the Polish community with more of the information they need to integrate into Flintshire life.

"It should be seen as an important stepping stone towards building a sense of cohesion within the community and breaking down barriers."

Sian Jones from the Flintshire Community Safety Partnership, which is funding the project, said: "The need to support and forge links with migrant workers in our communities is very important."

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