Refugees and migrants
The refugees and migrants that Caritas’ staff helped in 2018 were 2747 people.
- During 2018 Caritas’ staff supported each month 229 refugees and migrants, in some cases the support was daily, in others – weekly.
Caritas helps refugees and migrants with the following activities and services:
For persons granted refugee or humanitarian status there is a Caritas Sofia Center for Integration of Refugees and Migrants “St. Anna” in the town of Sofia that provides social counseling, psychological support, Bulgarian language courses, address registration, personal physician registration, home and employment assistance, art activities, mentoring program and other activities supporting the integration process in the Bulgarian society.
For asylum seekers accommodated at the reception centers of the State Agency for Refugees, Caritas Sofia implements: “Refugees project”, through which volunteers participate in activities for training and education of children, young people and elderly people such as lessons in Bulgarian and English, cooking courses, applied arts, music, theater and other kinds of activities. Caritas implements also “Play and Learn” project, through which Caritas employees organize play and entertainment activities for children and youth, Bulgarian language lessons, science, arts, sports, as well as preparatory courses in Bulgarian for children of school age.
For people staying in the Special Homes for Temporary Accommodation of Aliens in Busmantsi and in Lyubimets, Caritas Sofia organizes informal learning activities and art activities.