Info sessions in Plovdiv and Haskovo for refugees from Ukraine

IOM Bulgaria visited the cities of Haskovo and Plovdiv, where hundreds of people displaced by the war in Ukraine have sought refuge. The organization provided information sessions for these refugees, covering topics such as asylum law, temporary protection, labor legislation, and access to healthcare and other services.

Info session in Plovdiv

Both info sessions were lead by a legal expert who provided a comprehensive overview of the relevant social, administrative, and legal systems in Bulgaria. These sessions were attended by a diverse group of people who were eager to learn and asked many insightful questions. The presenters provided information that was tailored to the needs of the audience, and they made sure to address the unique concerns of the refugees. Through these discussions, it became clear that reliable information and support are crucial for those who have been displaced by the war in Ukraine.

info session in Haskovo

In closing the sessions, IOM Bulgaria provided an overview of its work to support those affected by the war in Ukraine. As part of its Ukraine Response, IOM Bulgaria offers social and psychological support, multipurpose cash assistance, food vouchers, healthcare support, and free Bulgarian language training. These activities aim to help people rebuild their lives and settle in Bulgaria. IOM Bulgaria is committed to providing comprehensive support for all those who need it.

beneficiaries during info session in Plovdiv

In addition to the information sessions, IOM's experts also offered individual consultations, vulnerability assessments, and financial aid in the form of prepaid cards for vulnerable individuals. Food vouchers were distributed to single mothers and families with children who had fled the most affected areas in Ukraine.

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The information sessions and multipurpose cash assistance are generously funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

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The food voucher distribution is implemented with the support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs