News and events 2021
e-Learning Course Entrepreneurship for Migrants and Refugees
Within the NIEM Project, the Bulgarian Council on Refugees and Migrants present to your attention e-Learning Course on Entrepreneurship for Migrants and Refugees 19 April 2021 – 20 June 2021.
The course – prepared by UNITAR in collaboration with UNCTAD, IOM and UNHCR – is based on the joint “Policy Guide on Entrepreneurship for Migrants and Refugees”, presented at the Global Compact for Migration in Marrakech in December 2018.
Each module includes readings, self-assessment activities and quizzes. The learning activities are distributed in such a way to ensure the achievement of the learning objectives in a flexible manner. It has been designed for supporting policymakers and practitioners from both developed and developing countries. Therefore, the five modules and concluding remarks of the course are based on the benefits of promoting entrepreneurship of migrants to achieve more inclusive and cohesive societies linked to sustainable development and economic growth. It includes policy objectives and policy options intended to identify different means to support entrepreneurship among migrants and refugees; identifies case studies and good practices from policies, programs and initiatives, in both developed and developing countries, and; raises awareness through capacity building in order to enhance opportunities to move towards a more inclusive society where no-one is left behind.
Meeting with the new Representative of UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Bulgaria
On March 29, a strategic meeting took place between the new UNHCR Representative, Narasimha Rao, and the chairperson of the BCRM – Kina Sabeva.
The Bulgarian Council on Refugees and Migrants and UNHCR will continue their partnership for advocacy and capacity building for the integration of refugees in Bulgaria. During the meeting, the upcoming activities in 2021 were discussed, as well as the priorities and activities for 2022 were planned.
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Migrants’ Labor Market Inclusion: Activation of Networks and Clusters – the French case study
Within the NIEM Project, the Bulgarian Council on Refugees and Migrants as a member of the Community of Interests at the EU level within the project ‘LIME – Labour Integration for Migrants Employment’ present to your attention online event “Migrants’ Labor Market Inclusion: Activation of Networks and Clusters” – the French case study.
This workshop session is conceived to present relevant projects and interventions implemented in the field of migrants’ labour inclusion and to discuss models of intervention concerning the activation of networks and cluster to foster access to the labour market for TCNs, including asylum seekers and refugees.
The LIME project organizes a workshop that will be held ONLINE on the 17th March 2021 from 9:30 to 13.30.
The event will be held in English, but translation in Italian, French, and Spanish will be available.
The role of local governments in the integration of refugees in the V4 countries
The Bulgarian Council on Refugees and Migrants presents to your attention the analysis “The role of local governments in the integration of refugees in the V4 countries”
This analysis, developed in the framework of the V4NIEM project by authors from all four countries, endeavors to give an overview of the possibilities and limitations of local authorities in the topic of the integration of beneficiaries of international protection . It continues the comparative approach set by the project’s previous publication, “Asylum Seekers and Beneficiaries of International Protection in V4 Countries (Updated Report)”, issued in 2019. The focus is on local level policies related to beneficiaries of international protection. The “local” level is understood, most importantly, as municipal administration (LAU), however, reflections about the regional levels (NUTS2 and NUTS3) are also added where relevant.
The analysis is available online in English.
Compass for refugees
The Bulgarian Council on Refugees and Migrants launched a Compass for Refugees, presenting in one place the information resources for the integration of refugees, as well as providing an opportunity for online consultation. Provision and access to information is essential component in the process of integration of refugees, both on the part of stakeholders in the direction of creating a supportive environment, as well as for the refugees themselves in the direction of making informed decisions. The Compass for Refugees is developed and maintained within the implementation of the project NIEM – National Integration Evaluation Mechanism.
Digital Student Lab – the new platform presenting the materials developed or translated by the students majoring in Arabic Studies at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski ”
The Bulgarian Council on Refugees and Migrants has launched the platform Digital Student Lab, which will present materials developed or translated by students in Arabic Studies at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” during the internship held at the UNHCR Representation in Bulgaria. Some of the represented materials include translations of original articles and UNHCR reports, multimedia and other content. The materials can be useful both to the academic community and students, as well as to the specialists working on the topic.
The Digital Student Lab platform is another step in the efforts of UNHCR and partner organizations to support universities and contribute to the development of a more systematic knowledge of refugee and humanitarian issues in Bulgaria.
The platform is part of the Academic Online Portal “Forced Migration and Refugees”, which is the Bulgarian response to the goal set in the 2018 Global Refugee Compact to build a “global academic network for refugees, other IDPs and stateless persons [… ] to support research, training and scholarships that lead to concrete results […] “
Student internships in support of refugees and migrants
Newsletter “Integration of Refugees in Bulgaria: Opportunities for Development” for the period October – December 2020.
We present to your attention the Newsletter “Integration of Refugees in Bulgaria: Opportunities for Development” for the period October – December 2020.
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In the publication you will find information on the following topics:
Statistics on granted international protection in Bulgaria for the period January-December 2020
Development of European integration policies
▪European Commission presents new EU action plan for integration and inclusion (2021-2027)
Cooperation between NGOs and local authorities for the integration of refugees
▪Information session with representatives of municipalities and local authorities “Partnership for Integration of Refugees in Bulgaria”
▪ “Together for integration” – the beginning of a joint project of the Bulgarian Red Cross, Nadia Center Foundation, Vitosha Region and Oborishte Region of Sofia Municipality
▪The topic for the integration of refugees during the General Assembly of the Association of Bulgarian Cities and Regions
Education of refugee children
▪Education of refugee children during a pandemic — good practices, lessons learned and next steps
Refugees in the context of the pandemic – from an emergency response to sustainable protection and integration
▪ UNHCR Global Consultations with NGOs in 2020 on Pandemic Response
▪Bulgarian Response: National Forum “Protection and Integration of Refugees in the Context of COVID-19”
Development of the capacity of the civil society for integration of refugees in Bulgaria
▪ Joint seminar with the Association of Teachers of Bulgarian as a Foreign Language: “Bulgarian as a Foreign Language in a Pandemic. Communication and integration of refugees and migrants Opportunities for financing integration projects ▪Call for projects “Promoting the participation of migrants in integration policies” under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the European Commission The private sector and the integration of refugees – more than economic integration
▪ UNHCR – UN Refugee Agency and KATRO Bulgaria with a joint online session “Support to Refugees in Bulgaria: Opportunities for Cooperation with the Private Sector”
▪ CITUB and Sofia Development Association with a joint project for integration of refugees in the labor market and the role of municipalities
▪Humans in the Loop – a social enterprise providing training and employment to refugees with an award from the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy
A look at the culture of the countries from which the refugees come
▪Sofia MENAR Film Festival will once again present the culture and traditions of the Islamic world