PROJECT: "Provision of Social and Psychological Support to Asylum Seekers in Bulgaria, Including Identification of and Support to Vulnerable Groups"

The project is funded by the National Program of Bulgaria under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund 2014-2020
with the financial support of the European Union and the budget of the Republic of Bulgaria.

 

 

Overall objective of the project: within the framework of this project, IOM will provide social and psychological support during the initial phase of adaptation of persons seeking international protection, as well as identification of and support to vulnerable persons. A team of experts, comprising a psychologist, social worker and cultural mediator, will provide services at the Registration and Reception Centers (RRCs) of the State Agency for Refugees (SAR) in Banya, Harmanli, Pastrogor and Sofia and in IOM’s offices. In order to improve coordination and communication with the Bulgarian institutions, the consulting team will be supported by experts who will assist in the planning and scheduling of consultations, liaison with institutions and accessing healthcare and social services.

Status: ACTIVE

Start date: 11.10.2017
End date: 11.10.2021
Term of implementation: 48 months

PROJECT: “Strengthening of the National Capacity of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Fields of Asylum and Migration”

The project is funded by the Emergency Measures under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund 2014-2020
with the financial support of the European Union and the budget of the Republic of Bulgaria

 

 

The overall objective of the project is to focus on:

  • improving migrant reception conditions, in particular by providing psycho-social and legal services;
  • helping to combat the trafficking of vulnerable migrants and improving the protection of unaccompanied minors;
  • providing information and advice to third-country nationals on the possibilities for voluntary return.

The project includes AVRR components.

Status: ACTIVE

Start date: 23.11.2016
End date: 30.09.2019
Term of implementation: 36 months

PROJECT: “Protection of Vulnerable Migrants and Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Support”

The project is funded by the Emergency Measures under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund 2014-2020
with the financial support of the European Union and the budget of the Republic of Bulgaria

 

 

The overall objective of the project is to focus on:

  • improving reception conditions, in particular the provision of psycho-social services and support to counter the trafficking of vulnerable migrants, and strengthen the protection of unaccompanied minors;
  • providing information and advice to third-country nationals on the possibilities for voluntary return; 
  • supporting voluntary return to countries of origin.

The project includes AVRR components.

Status: ACTIVE

Start date: 01.06.2017
End date: 15.06.2019
Term of implementation: 24 months

PROJECT: PROTECT - Preventing sexual and gender-based violence against migrants and strengthening support to victims

The project is funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme 2014-2020

 

 

The overall objective of the project is to strengthen the capacities of existing national support services for sexual and gender based violence to coordinate better and make these systems available for refugee, migrant and asylum seeker victims and potential victims of SGBV. The project also aims to raise awareness among and empower these communities.

StatusACTIVE

Start date: 01 October 2018
End date: 31 March 2020
Term of implementation: 18 months

For further information, please contact: +359 2 93 94 774

PROTECT - Preventing sexual and gender-based violence against migrants and strengthening support to victims

 

The project is funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme 2014-2020

 

Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is a prevalent human rights violation both globally and on the European level. SGBV has both physical and psychological forms, it includes domestic violence, sexual harassment and violence, harmful traditional practices, exploitation and trafficking in human beings. Women and men, girls and boys and LGBTQI people can all become victims of such violence.

The overall objective of the project is to strengthen the capacities of existing national support services for sexual and gender based violence to coordinate better and make these systems available for refugee, migrant and asylum seeker victims and potential victims of SGBV. The project also aims to raise awareness among and empower these communities.

The project is implemented by 12 IOM country offices (Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia and Spain) and eight NGO partners, Legebitra (Slovenia), Le monde selon les femmes abl (Belgium), Fundación EMET Arco Iris, Asociación Rumiñahui, Movimiento por la Paz (Spain), Arq Psychotrauma Expert Groep, Rutgers, and Pharos (Netherlands) between October 2018 and March 2020.

The project has the following specific objectives and activities that will be implemented during its 18-month project cycle. Most of the activities will be tailored to specific national context.

  1. Strengthen and adapt existing national support services for sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) to coordinate better and include refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers.
  2. Build capacity for professionals who work with and for refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers with the aim of identifying and addressing the needs of victims and potential victims of SGBV more effectively.
  3. Empower and inform refugee and migrant communities and asylum-seekers of SGBV and its prevention through a regional awareness-raising campaign.

By the end of the project the following outputs will be produced:

  • SOPs/Guidelines developed / reviewed / contributed to in 8 countries
  • Empowerment Handbook (Bulgaria)
  • 120+ trainings organized in 12 countries
  • 13 000+ information materials distributed
  • 200+ information session organized on SGBV prevention
  • 1 animation film available in +20 languages

StatusACTIVE

Start date: 01 October 2018
End date: 31 March 2020
Term of implementation: 18 months

For further information, please contact: +359 2 93 94 774

Read more about the project on the website of the Regional Office for the European Economic Area, the European Union and NATO here.

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The Mapping Report on Legal Framework and Assistance Available to Migrant Victims of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence has been finalized. You can download the full report following the link below.

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You can find the poster for the project in English here.
You can find the brochures for the project in five languages here: English, Arabic, Kurdish, Pashto и Dari.
You can find the videos for the project in five languages here: English, Arabic, Kurdish, Pashto и Bulgarian.

 

 

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