Position “University Cooperation Coordinator”
On February 11, the Bulgarian Council on Refugees and Migrants, the UNHCR Representation in Bulgaria and the Multi Culti organized a Coalition meeting “Association of Bulgarian Language Teachers as Foreign Language: Opportunities and Next Steps”. During the meeting the initiative to register a professional association of teachers in Bulgarian as a foreign language was discussed, which was proposed during the previous coalition meeting “Bulgarian language training and literacy for adult refugees in Bulgaria” held in October 2019. The aim of the event was to discuss and outline the concrete steps for the implementation of the initiative, as well as future activities, members, challenges and functioning of the Association in the context of the support of the refugees on the path of their integration into the Bulgarian society. During the forum the experiences from the Czech Republic was shared by Peter Pitlik, project manager, provide information on the establishment and functioning of the Czech Teachers Association as a foreign language. The Coalition meeting was organised within the implementation of the NIEM – All In For Integration project – National Integration Evaluation Mechanism. Monitoring and improving refugee integration with the Multi Kulti Collective and the Bulgarian Council on Refugees and Migrants as the Bulgarian National Partners.
More information: www.niem.refugee-integration.bg
We present to your attention the Academic Portal, dedicated to the forced displacement, an online portal aimed to unite all the achievements on the topic of refugees of the research community in Bulgaria under one roof. This virtual space aims to serve a growing network of researchers exploring various aspects of forced migration and asylum, providing them with up-to-date information on academic projects, publications, research results, newly created programs and courses, student initiatives, and others. The portal is a kind of bridge for dialogue and knowledge transfer between researchers and organizations working on the field with asylum seekers and beneficiaries of international protection in Bulgaria. The Academic Portal is also the Bulgarian response to the goal set in the 2018 Global Compact on Refugees for development a global academic network for refugees, other IDPs and stateless persons […] to support research, training, and scholarships that lead to concrete results…[…]
On 22 January the Bulgarian Council on Refugees and Migrants and Multi Kulti Collective in cooperation with UNHCR Bulgaria organized a Coalition meetings with leading representatives from the academia. During the event, the specialized research ” Forced displacement
& academia. Opportunities for universities to promote knowledge and action refugee issues” was presented. The meeting provided a forum for discussion on upcoming programs and initiatives implemented by Bulgarian universities and scientific institutions, as well as university professors and students. Moreover, during the event an Academic Portal on forced migration and refugees was launched, as an innovative online tool for networking, cooperation and resource sharing amongst the academic stakeholders. The portal is available online at www.academia.refugee-integration.bg and www.academia.bcrm-bg.org.
The Coalition meeting was organised within the implementation of the NIEM – All In For Integration project – National Integration Evaluation Mechanism. Monitoring and improving refugee integration with the Multi Kulti Collective and the Bulgarian Council on Refugees and Migrants as the Bulgarian National Partners.
More information: www.niem.refugee-integration.bg
On 13 January the Bulgarian Council on Refugees and Migrants participated in a workshop session organized by the Sofia Development Association, Bulgarian Red Cross and the UNHCR Representation in Bulgaria on establishment of a Municipal Center for Information and Integration of Third Country Nationals. The focus of the discussion was on the vision of the center, the type of services, that will be provide, as well as coordination between the different organizations. The meeting was initiated by Malina Edreva – Chairperson of the Education, Culture, Science and Cultural Diversity Commision in Sofia Municipality.
The progress of Bulgaria in 2018 and 2019, as a new country participating in the refugee resettlement program is featured in the latest Info Graphics, developed within the SHARE Network, coordinated by the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC Europe), as well as the contribution of the Bulgarian Council on Refugees and Migrants and the Bulgarian Red Cross. Additional focus is also put on the voluntary reception and integration of persons by municipalities/municipal districts.
The progress of Bulgaria in 2018 and 2019, as a new country participating in the refugee resettlement program is featured in the latest Info Graphics, developed within the SHARE Network, coordinated by the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC Europe), as well as the contribution of the Bulgarian Council on Refugees and Migrants and the Bulgarian Red Cross. Additional focus is also put on the voluntary reception and integration of persons by municipalities and municipal districts.
In the edition you will find information about:
∙Statistics on provided international protection in Bulgaria for the period January-November 2019
∙Opportunities for financing activities related to the integration of refugees and migrants under the Horizon 2020 Programme
∙Refugee Month 2019 Bulgaria
∙Bulgarian and British experience in refugee integration
∙Media and refugee integration
∙Your/Our Europe ?! Strengthening the sense of European belonging to young migrant leaders:
∙The Bulgarian participation in Go Local International Conference in Brussels on Integration of Refugees and Migrants
∙Presentations of the Bulgarian Red Cross and Vitosha District of Sofia Municipality at an International conference in Brussels
∙Regional Seminar “Building Capacity for Work with Refugees ”
On 18 and 19 December 2019, the BCRM participated in a Kick-off Meeting for the Project RefuIn – An Innovative tool for integration of refugees. The leading organization is Crescer in Portugal and national partners are the Bulgarian Council on Refugees and Migrants in Bulgaria, ARCI Catania and Programa Integra in Italy, Ostersund Municipality in Sweden. The project is funded by Erasmus+ Programme of EC and supported by Lisbon Municipal Camara and ACNUR/UNHCR Portugal. The aim of the project is to identify, research and transfer good practices and innovations for refugee integration. During the project are planned several focus groups with refugees and experts. The final output of the project will be a training kit for innovative good practices for the integration of refugees.