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Information session for refugees from Ukraine in Varna and Kranevo
On January 24, 2024, IOM Bulgaria conducted two impactful information sessions for Ukrainian refugees, fostering engagement and support in Varna and later in the day in Kranevo.
Around 50 individuals gathered at Ukrainian Home, a vital partnership for IOM. The session delved into IOM Bulgaria's crisis response initiatives, covering essential aspects such as one-time financial aid, food voucher distribution, healthcare assistance, and psychological support. Attendees also received valuable insights into IOM's free Bulgarian language training programme and our ambitions to further broaden the scope of the training.
A legal expert presented crucial information on Asylum and Refugee Law, rights of individuals under Temporary Protection, labor market access, healthcare provisions, and the path to Bulgarian citizenship. The interactive nature of the session encouraged participants to share personal experiences, concerns, and future plans.
Following the Varna session, a subsequent information session took place in Kranevo, catering specifically to individuals accommodated in hotels under the state program. Attendees in Kranevo were particularly interested in initiating work in Bulgaria and sought legal advice on employment matters. The session aimed to empower them with practical knowledge and resources tailored to their unique circumstances.
Active engagement and dialogue characterized both sessions, reflecting IOM Bulgaria's unwavering commitment to assisting and empowering individuals affected by the ongoing war in Ukraine. The diverse audience in both cities, spanning various occupations, age groups, and backgrounds, signifies the broad impact of these information sessions.
As IOM Bulgaria continues its dedication to supporting people fleeing the war in Ukraine, these information sessions serve as crucial touchpoints for knowledge-sharing, community building, and empowerment. Together, we navigate the challenges and work towards a more secure and informed future.
These events were implemented with the financial support of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan