SDA INTEGRA project team took part in an expert meeting with representatives of academia, NGOs and state bodies involved in migrant and refugee integration. Just weeks away from the beginning of the 2019-2020 academic year, the meeting sought to outline concrete steps for cooperation between universities and the organizations, whose mission is to support refugees and migrants in their efforts to adapt to the Bulgarian society. The meeting aimed to provide space for the identification of specific ideas and initiatives which each of the stakeholders recognizes as applicable for the promotion of student engagement and activism on refugee matters, the diversification of academic studies on the topic, as well as the provision of targeted integration support to refugees.
The event was organized by the UNHCR Representation in Bulgaria, Multi Kulti Collective and the Bulgarian Council on Refugees and Migrants. Among the participants in the discussion were representatives of Sofia University, Agricultural University of Plovdiv, New Bulgarian University, Bulgarian State Agency of refugees, NGO sector, etc.
Sofia Development Association shared the experience of the INTEGRA project and emphasized the importance of multi-stakeholder cooperation. SDA will continue to support synergies with universities, public bodies and NGOs on the topic of migrant integration.
PROJECT INTEGRA PRESENTED IN FRANCE
From Sept. 10 to 15th in the city of Pau (France) took place the training on intercultural competences and digital story mapping, organized by the project ARTEM, an Erasmus+ KA2 action, coordinated by the French partner Pistes Solidaires. Over 25 participants including migrants and integration professionals took part in the training. Snezhina Gabova, member of the SDA INTEGRA team, attended the program and presented the INTEGRA approach for city-to-city cooperation and local integration initiatives. SDA will continue to cooperate with the Bulgarian ARTEM partner, CATRO Bulgaria, to build the ARTEM time bank and exchange platform.