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Bulgarian language for migrants even during the summer

The alluring sea-shore in Burgas failed to tempt the migrants wishing to learn Bulgarian in IOM’s Information Centre for Immigrants in Burgas. Instead, they continue to attend the intensive language courses that IOM provides completely free of charge.

Up until now, 60 foreigners from diverse countries outside of the EU, like China, Turkey, USA, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine and Russia, have completed the course in Burgas. Apart from that, more groups of migrants are studying Bulgarian in Sofia. All those who have completed the course have received a certificate for Bulgarian language, level A1, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Women’s participation in the courses is higher than men in both cities. Impressive is the fact that out of all the participants who have completed the language course up until now, those with higher education diplomas from their countries of origin prevail.

On the 19th of June, the next two groups of 12 migrants each started their language studies. The migrants in these groups are predominantly from Russia and Kyrgyzstan. All the migrants who have started the language courses wish to learn Bulgarian faster, because they have chosen to live in the country and wish to communicate fully with the members of the host society. Apart from that, the courses give the migrants access to wider labour opportunities, which is of great importance for the participants.

The language courses are implemented within the framework of project "Training and Counselling of Legal Migrants, Asylum Seekers and Beneficiaries of International Protection", 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.