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Partnership for successful integration
In order to support the social orientation and facilitate the cultural adaptation of legally residing third country nationals, the team from IOM’s Information Centre for Immigrants (ICI) in the city of Burgas holds information sessions for migrants in the city and the local towns. The information sessions aim to improve the migrants’ knowledge of their rights and obligations, as well as of the traditions, culture and the way of life in Bulgaria. In order to achieve these goals, the team maintains strong partnerships with the government institutions, NGOs and the migrant communities.
During the “Unique Nessebar” information session held on 04.07.2019, partners included the Municipal Organization “Russophile Movement” with chairman Mr. Hristo Nikolov, Archaeological Museum “Old Nessebar”, the “Migration” Section within the Municipal Directorate of the Ministry of Interior Burgas and the Regional Bureau of the National Employment Agency – Burgas.
The ICI’s team greatly appreciates the presentations carried out by Mr. Nedelcho Stamov, Deputy Head of the “Migration” Section within the Municipal Directorate of the MoI, on the subject „Entering and remaining in Republic of Bulgaria. Risks of illegal migration.” and by Ms. Polina Todorova – chief of Sector “Consultant Services” and Ms. Ivanka Ivanova – legal counsel with the Regional Bureau of the National Employment Agency – Burgas on the subject “Access to the labour market for legally residing migrants”.
The discussion following the presentations proved to be extremely useful to the 34 migrants present from Russia, Ukraine, Israel and Belarus, who requested additional information sessions to be held on issues related to their integration.
The visit to the Archaeological Museum “Old Nessebar” was an exciting encounter with the history of one of the oldest cities in Europe, more than 3200 years old. Because of its unique nature qualities and very well-preserved monuments from different historical eras, Nessebar was included as one of the monuments on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List by the VII session of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Committee in Florence in 1983.
The information sessions 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.