Thursday, 21 November 2019

Support for the Implementation of Policies and Strategies for the Successful Economic and Social Integration of Immigrants and Thirds Country Nationals in Bulgaria

Round Tables

On the 15th and 18th December 2009 the European Institute in partnership with Sofia City Council and Burgas City Council organized two round tables respectively in Burgas and Sofia under the topic: “Migration and Integration Policy in Bulgaria – National and Local Level”. 

The meetings ran in the framework of the project “Support for the Implementation of Policies and Strategies for the Successful Economic and Social Integration of Immigrants and Third-Country Nationals in Bulgaria”, financed by the European Union through the European fund for integration of third country nationals.
Sofia and Burgas were chosen among other cities and towns in Bulgaria, since a considerable rate of immigrants with permanent or long-term residence in the country are concentrated there. On the round tables the European Institute experts shared that according to the statistical data the increase of the population in the countries will be primarily due to the migration processes, since the negative increase will continue growing.
As a result the rate of the active population will seriously continue decreasing. In this respect Bulgaria and Germany report the worst indexes.

During the two discussions Sweden, Austria and Italy were indicated as an example of good practices in the field of migration policy and integration. From the conversation it was made clear that countries such as Sweden and Austria have strong traditions in the field of migration processes, whereas Italy, which until the mid-90s had had serious problems with migration processes for several years, is transforming from emigration into immigration country due to the implemented legislation reforms.

At the discussion meetings were present representatives of the city council administration, municipal counselors and representatives from the institutions that bear relation to the migration and integration problems.