We present to your attention the Fourth issue of the Academic Bulletin “Refugees: Today and Tomorrow”.

The fourth issue of the academic bulletin “Refugees: today and tomorrow” is dedicated to the topic of the public attitudes towards refugees in Bulgaria. The results and the analysis show the extent to which Bulgarians are afraid or willing to participate in the integration of asylum seekers and refugees. The issue presents the newly established Refugee Advisory Board, whose main goal is to strengthen the relationship between refugees and the local society and to create a platform for the expression of refugees’ experiences through their own voices. The bulletin also examines the draft of the new Pact on Migration and Asylum, which aims to propose a new vision for a common European asylum policy. In this issue you will find information related to access to healthcare of asylum seekers and refugees in Bulgaria which relates to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the new feature entitled “Countries of Origin”, you will learn more about the culture, everyday life, customs and challenges of the people in Afghanistan. Another important focus of the bulletin is the analysis of the situation of stateless persons, which is supplemented by the story of Dr. Sagir Al-Anezi. We have also taken into account the opinion of the field experts from the Council of Refugee Women in Bulgaria who have been helping asylum seekers and refugees for years. “A glance over the Border” feature is dedicated to Romania. Moreover, you will find opportunities for participation in conferences for both the academics and the refugee community. In this issue, you will learn about the experience of the University of Malta which offers a free specialist course for cultural mediators, as well as information about the InSPIREurope project which seeks to support researchers at risk through transnational cooperation.


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