Panel discussions

The HumanDoc Foundation and the European Commission Representation in Poland
invite you to a debate:

Europe at any cost – are we dealing with the refugee crisis?

organized as part of

VII HumanDOC International Documentary Film Festival.


SThe meeting will start with the screening of “The Crossing”, on 26 November, at 3 p.m.

The debate will be held right after the film, at 4 p.m.

The following speakers will take part in the debate:

Bartłomiej Balcerzyk (European Parliament)
Lawyer, member of staff of the European Parliament Information Bureau. Until 1 July 2016, he was a member of the European Commision, where he was working on the EU asylum policy in Directorate General for Migration and Home Affairs. He was mostly responsible for cooperation with the EU agency EASO (European Asylum Support Office), introduction of the Reception Conditions Directive and the situation of underage refugees.

Tomasz Cytrynowicz Office for Foreigners)
Graduate of the Faculty of Law of the University of Białystok, with a long-term commitment to the issues of migration and foreigners. A long-standing member of staff of the Office for Foreigners. He has gained experience working as a Head of Department for Refugees Procedures and then as a Director of Department for Legalization of Stay. At present, he holds a position of the Director of the Bureau of The Head of The Office for Foreigners.

Rafał Kostrzyński (UNHCR)
Since 2012, a spokesperson for the UNHCR Representation in Poland – the UN agency providing legal protection for refugees. Prior to that, he was working as a journalist, reporter and press photographer for almost 15 years. He collaborated with i.a. Radio Zet, BBC World Service, the “Rzeczpospolita” journal and the “Przekrój” magazine, where he was the head of the foreign section.

Agnieszka Kunicka (
For 10 years, she has been involved in the work of the Polish Humanitarian Organization (PAH) as i.a. Financial Coordinator and Head of the PAH Refugee and Repatriates Counselling Centre. She initiated and implemented programmes and assistance projects for foreigners and repatriates as well as actions aimed at the needs of the Polish society. In May 2011, she was appointed by prof. Irena Lipowicz, the then Commissioner for Human Rights, as a member of the Expert Committee on Migrants. She continues this work in the office of the present Commissioner, Adam Bodnar. In 2015, she also participated in the work of Inter-Ministerial Team for the Resettlement and Relocation of Refugees.

Ewa Moncure (Frontex)
Ewa Moncure is a spokesperson for the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex). Previous to joining Frontex in 2011, she worked for four years as a PR officer at the European Food Safety Authority in Parma, Italy. Before that, Ewa worked at Ogilvy Public Relations in Brussels and Hill & Knowlton also in Brussels. Ewa holds an MA in International Relations from Kent and an MA in Art History from Tufts University in Boston.

The debate will be led by dr Dorota Heidrich, a graduate of the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science (now the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies) as well as of postgraduate studies in developing countries in the Institute of Regional and Global Studies, both in the University of Warsaw. She hold a Ph.D. in Political Science. Since 1 October 2016, she is a Deputy Director for Didactic Affairs in the Institute of International Relations in the University of Warsaw. Her scientific intrests focus on forced migration (refugees and IDPs), broadly defined development cooperation, Transitional Justice and Dealing with the Past, international intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations.

Everyone who would like to listen to and participate in the debate and to watch a moving film about a human journey in search of better life is invited to Kinoteka on Saturday, 26 November. We will screen the film at 3 p.m. and we will start a discussion at 4 p.m.