Sofia Development Association team took part in the final workshop on assessing the needs of asylum seekers and refugees in Bulgaria, organized by UNHCR in Bulgaria. Around 30 stakeholders with various organizations and institutions, such as the State Agency for Refugees, the Red Cross, the Border Control, universities, municipalities, NGOs actively working on behalf of refugees and migrants, got together on November 6, 2018, in Borovets to discuss the strategic priorities in the area of humanitarian protection, to analyze the needs assessment results and recommendations, to discuss new instruments and mechanisms for empowerment. Sevdalina Voynova and Svetlana Lomeva presented the INTEGRA project.

On Tuesdays October 30th and November 6th 2018, Integration Center Prague organized 2 City Integration Labs as a part of the INTEGRA project. The aim of both of the meetings was to create basic strategic recommendations for Prague for the next 2-3 years, based on the results of a city audit carried out within the same project, and with regard to two potential future scenarios of the development of migration situation in the city – especially regarding the number of migrants and their access to housing, services and the job market.

Individual topics and issues were discussed in 3 working groups, which focused on the following thematic areas: Strategic planning and involvement of migrants, Mutual relations and feeling of safety, and City services and awareness of Prague inhabitants. The meetings were attended by 28 representatives of an NGO sector, the City (city districts and the municipality), the Ministry of Work and Social Affairs, academic sector as well as migrants themselves.

The specific recommendations that the participants arrived at were then introduced and consulted at a public discussion, which took place on November 13th as a part of the Regional advisory platform organized by ICP, and they will form the basis of a City Integration Agenda introducing the main recommendations for the City of Prague and its representatives. This Agenda will be considered when preparing action plans of the city policy for integration of TCN as well as the policy´s updated version, which will come into effect in January 2022. 

This project is funded by the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund

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