Good Practices / Together for integration

Together for integration

Housing • Free Time and Network

Organization that is implementing

Bulgarian Red Cross 



Duration of the Project

3 years

Level of


Target Group


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Project Overview

The major aim of the Project is to provide support to citizens of third countries, including those ones seeking and/or receiving international protection and promote a successful integration into Bulgarian society. Additionally, the project aims to allow refugees to make use of their own potential and that way accelerate the socio-economic development of the country.


A complex of measures is envisaged, using the capacity of local authorities to implement successful integration, as well as building a partnership between municipalities and representatives of the non-governmental sector, who have proven their experience in this field.



Main Activities

1 Inclusion in the labor market of newly arrived refugees through early assessment of their skills and qualifications, combined with language training, specialized guidance and mentoring;

2 Coordination of housing policies with equal access to employment, health care and health services; activities related to cross-sectoral interaction, including by strengthening communication between local, regional and national levels, including activities to provide housing support to persons granted international protection, related to other integration activities.

3 Building a model of interaction between municipalities/local authorities and NGOs in the provision of integration measures to GTD.

4 Ensuring access to specific mental health care for GTD;

5 Encouraging the exchange with the host society through voluntary, sports and cultural initiatives.

6 Building capacity to work with GTD at the level of municipalities and institutions.

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How was the Project born?

During the past years, Vitosha and Oborishte Municipal District in cooperation with the Bulgarian Red Cross, as well other NGOs gained a lot of experience and expertise in the integration of resettled refugees. Through this partnership, it was possible to develop an initiative for the integration of resettled refugees. This project represents a higher step of this initiative, a long-term project.


Non supportive local community (single cases) 

Need for mediation with the local community 

Impact on refugees or local community lives?

Provided integration support which includes housing as a basis for the integration 

Is this project/program replicable and/or scalable?

Multifunctional cooperation model between NGOs and local authorities 

Optimization of the integration process on a local level (finding a housing, enrollment in school is optimized when it is done by local and public body – the municipality)