First refugee families resettled in Sofia after signing integration agreements
Following the November 2018 signing of the first integration agreements between refugee families and Bulgarian municipalities, one refugee family has now been resettled in the Krasno Selo area of Sofia and three other families in the city’s Vitosha area. The integration agreements were signed under the framework of the 2017 ordinance on integration agreements of beneficiaries of international protection.
After signing the agreements, the families were taken out of the reception centres of the State Agency for Refugees, and the municipalities started implementing the measures set out in the families’ integration plans. This includes support for housing, enrolment of children in schools (with supplementary Bulgarian language lessons) and the participation of the parents in vocational training programmes to support their socioeconomic integration.
The integration measures are funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF). The municipalities that have accepted refugee families have a number of partners to support the integration activities. The partners include the State Agency for Refugees, UNHCR, Bulgarian Red Cross, Caritas, Council of Refugee Women, Bulgarian Council for Refugees and Migrants and others.