Bulgaria: First Master’s programme in Social Work with Refugees and Migrants
Sofia University's new Master’s programme Social Work with Refugees and Migrants is the first programme of its kind in Bulgaria. The Master's cursus hosted by the Faculty of Pedagogy was created with the support of the UN Agency for Refugees (UNHCR). Its main aim is to prepare future specialists for aspects of assistance that are specific to refugees and migrants in the areas of housing, health, education, social and cultural orientation, psychosocial support, etc.
The programme is designed for both graduates in Social Work (2 semesters) and those with other majors in social studies (3 semesters) who wish to work work with refugees and migrants. It will allow students to acquire specific knowledge and qualifications, notably:
- theories in the field of social work with refugees and migrants, including institutional dimensions
- skills and attitudes to work with different categories of refugees and migrants
- methodical preparation for the implementation of the main assistance activities with asylum seekers and refugees
- knowledge and skills to deliver activities aimed at an optimal social integration of refugees and migrant
The University presented the Masters on 04 June 2018 and explained that it adresses an existing need for professional who are able to provide assistance to these population groups. The programme therefore also focuses on communication, methodological and organisational skills.