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