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A second information session for migrants was conducted by the IOM team in Burgas this autumn

After IOM’s team in Burgas visited Sozopol and organized an information session for migrants there in late October, another one was realized recently, this time in the interior of the country, on the slopes of eastern Stara Planina.

The second information session was held on 14th of November 2019 in Kotel with the aim for the migrants to familiarize themselves with the regulations of the Bulgarian legislation regarding the entry and legal stay in the country, as well as with the consequences of violating the laws of legal migration. 36 migrants were present at the meeting – people from Russia and Ukraine who have chosen to settle in the village of Podvis, Sungurlare municipality. The lecture was held by Mr. Dimitar Dimitrov – chief of “Migration” group with District Police Directorate – Sliven. The discussion gave tangible answers to inquiries regarding a halt of the legal stay, the differences between permanent and long-term stay, as well as with the question of acquiring Bulgarian citizenship.

     

The next subject, “The rich biodiversity of eastern Stara Planina” was presented by Mr. Zachary Stoyanov, Director of the Museum of Natural History, one of the richest in this field in Bulgaria. Mr. Stoyanov presented close to 30 000 items from the exhibition of natural history. The migrants familiarized themselves with an extraordinary scientific and educational tool for our country, because the museum is highly valued both in Bulgaria and abroad due to the size and richness of the exhibition, as well as its artistic value.

Up to this date, 195 third country nationals have participated in the 6 information sessions that have been conducted by IOM’s team in Burgas in the framework of the project.

The event is realized in the framework of the 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.