At Caritas Sofia we believe that every person is created in the image and likeness of God and has the right to a dignified life, regardless of religion, race or gender. Although some Bulgarian people fear outsiders because of cultural differences, we believe that it is possible to overcome these challenges and achieve genuine integration of migrants and Bulgarians.
Caritas Sofia’s Migration and Integration Department provides comprehensive services to aid effective adaptation and integration of asylum seeking people refugees, and third country nationals. Our employees and volunteers support people to: access social and health services, education and employment; develop social and life skills; and participate actively in the host country, while working to change negative attitudes amongst the host population.
The department’s activities are undertaken at the St Anna Integration Centre for Refugees and Migrants in Sofia, the State Agency for Refugees’ Registration and Reception Centres in Sofia and Harmanli, and at the Special Homes for Temporary Accommodation of Foreigners in Busmantsi and Lyubimets.
There are more than 30 employees in Caritas Sofia’s Migration and Integration Department. We also have around 20 regular volunteers who are dedicated to supporting us in our activities. Our team consists of highly skilled social workers and social mediators, a psychologist, teachers who provide educational activities and Bulgarian language courses for foreigners, translators, project coordinators, a Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, PR and fundraising specialists, the Head of Strategic Planning, and the manager of one of Caritas Sofia’s social ateliers - CaritArt.
Our project aims to support the successful integration of third country nationals through: improving their access public and health services, education and employment; enhancing their social and life skills; and empowering them to actively participate in the host country by changing attitudes and transforming prejudice among the host society.