An Intercultural evening entitled “A Vision for the Integration of Refugees in Bulgaria” was organized by the Bulgarian Council on Refugees and Migrants and Multi Kulti Collective with the support of the Representation of UNCR in Bulgaria on December 6, 2018.
The event brought together representative of state institutions, municipalities, NGOs, universities, international organizations actively working for the integration of migrants. The aim was to share ideas on a vision for refugee integration in Bulgaria and to continue building and strengthening coalitions for solidarity and support to refugees and their integration. SDA team was happy to attend and to share the INTEGRA project policy recommendations and futuristic scenarios for the integration of third-country nationals. The intercultural evening also helped us generate new resources and good practices to share with the INTEGRA stakeholders and partners.
In recent years Bulgaria commemorates November as the Refugee Month, to honor the courage of these vulnerable groups escaping persecution, conflict, and desperate poverty, some of whom look for a chance to rebuild their lives in our community.
Sofia Development Association is a partner of the initiative Refugee Month. On November 30th, 2018, as part of INTEGRA project awareness building and advocacy campaign, we hosted in SofiaLab a series of community celebration events. “Community Drum Circle” was organized by Creators Association with the support of IOM Bulgaria, CVS-Bulgaria and SDA. Over 30 people from various nationalities played drums and percussion in a circle, creating a sense of rhythm and harmony that transcends language and takes participants to another level of understanding.
Later on, over 70 people participated in the closing event of the Refugee Month – An Intercultural Evening with food provided by MultiKulti Collective and a Belly Dancing performance organized by Badriya Oriental Dance School.
Photos by Philip Mihaylov - Next Level Photography