Academic Bulletin “Refugees: Today and Tomorrow” 7/2021
Академичен бюлетин "Бежанците днес и утре" 07/2021 (Original language title)
The second issue of 2021 of Bulgaria's academic bulletin 'Refugees: Today and Tomorrow' has been published. It was prepared through collaboration between the Multi Kulti Collective, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Bulgarian Council for Refugees and Migrants, within the framework of the 'Capital of Tolerance in an Era of Pandemic: Students Connect Academic Community and NGOs for Refugees and Migrants' project, funded by the Municipality of Sofia within the 'Crisis as an Opportunity' programme.
This issue is entirely student-focused and includes articles from the project's interns, who have successfully completed a two- or three-month internship in five NGOs (Bulgarian Red Cross; Caritas Sofia; Council of Refugee Women in Bulgaria; Foundation for Access to Rights; Centre for Legal Aid "Voice in Bulgaria"). During their internships, the students conducted research for the bulletin on a topic that provoked their interest. As a result, this issue contains a thematic article on the challenges that NGOs face in terms of financing, in-between projects and donors, with a case study of the Council of Refugee Women in Bulgaria.
Some of the issue's other articles have a strong legal focus and address topics such as the procedure for issuing a D visa as a barrier to the right to privacy and family life, and the position of unaccompanied minors in the context of family reunification. Two articles offer an overview of the situation in such relevant areas as Libya and the Gaza Strip. There is also a section examining various aspects of integration, such as the role of learning the Bulgarian language, involving refugees in art projects and the attitudes of the host society in the process of integration. Further, this issue presents a project by a team of young researchers from the 'Policy and Citizens Observatory: migration, digitalisation, climate' organisation, who work to empower young refugees and migrants. The issue ends with an interesting article on building conscious and compassionate communities.
See also: the first issue of 2021.