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IOM has helped more than 500 migrants in learning Bulgarian language

International organization for migration (IOM) has supported 508 third country nationals in their efforts to learn Bulgarian language. This is the number of legally residing migrants who have successfully completed the courses in levels A1 and A2, provided free of charge from IOM between the spring of 2019 and now. The courses are taking place in small groups of up to 15 people with 37 groups being formed as of this moment. The courses are targeted at individuals who are seeking or have received international protection and for legally residing migrants. The instructors have experience in teaching Bulgarian as a foreign language and the small groups provide the option of an individual approach and attention to every single student.

The waiting list for new groups is more than 250 people large. Coordination of the education is being realized in the IOM integration centers in Sofia and Burgas. Most people who want to study Bulgarian come from the citizens of Russia and the former Soviet Republics – Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Moldova, Ukraine and others. Serious interest exists from different communities from the Far East – Philippines, China, Vietnam as well as from citizens of Morocco, Algeria, Iran, Israel, Lebanon and Nigeria.

Due to the global epidemiological situation, from the spring of 2020 all education in Bulgarian language has been provided fully in a digital setting, via the platform Zoom. This method of education has proven to be very effective regarding the comfort of the students, but has also succeeded in making the courses available for migrants in towns all over the country.

The courses are part 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.