Authorities and Partners – International Organizations

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR’s role in Bulgaria is to support, advice and advocate in partnership with governments and NGOs to ensure:

  • Effective access for asylum seekers to EU territory and asylum procedures;
  • Continuous monitoring and improvement of living conditions for asylum seekers in reception centers and other refugee places as well as guarantees regarding their age, gender, and special needs;
  • Fair and effective procedures for refugee status obtainment, in line with international legal standards;
  • Find sustainable solutions through effective integration and resettlement policies as well as promoting a positive social view and attitude towards refugees and rejecting xenophobic and racist sentiment.

Promoting integration

For UNHCR, local integration is a dynamic and multifaceted two-way process that leads to full and equal participation in the host society. The 1951 Refugee Convention. provides various socio-economic and legal rights that are necessary for successful integration. These include, inter alia, freedom of movement, access to education and the labor market, access to social assistance, the possibility of acquiring property and, in the long run, the possibility of acquiring citizenship.

UNHCR focuses on integration issues in Bulgaria.

The integration process involves many participants – from ministries and municipalities through NGOs, employers, trade unions, schools, health institutions, to the banking system and private landlords, along with many others.

UNHCR implements its program in Bulgaria directly and on a project basis by funding activities through NGOs – Bulgarian Red Cross, Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, Council of Refugee Women, Bulgarian Council on Refugees and Migrants, Nadya Center Foundation.

2, Pozitano SQUARE,


+ 359 2 980 2453


UNICEF promotes the implementation of rights and the welfare of every child. The organization is working in 190 countries and territories to turn this commitment into practical action for the benefit of all children, all over the world, making special efforts to reach the most vulnerable and socially excluded children.

UNICEF is a leading organization working for children in the field of child health and nutrition, providing basic education for all girls and boys, and protecting children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. The aim of the organization is to provide access to education;  increase psychosocial assistance; strengthen child protection; promote social cohesion and peace-building.

Refugee children as well as unaccompanied minors are among those who are most alarmed and have a strong need for help and protection.

87 A. Doundukov Blvd., Fl.2
Sofia 1504, Bulgaria

+359 2 969 6208

International organization for migration

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. Bulgaria is a major member of IOM since 1994. IOM – Bulgaria aims to help build strong migration management structures responding to increasing external migration flows, to stimulate regular migration and prevent irregular migration, diversify the services offered to migrants, to inform the public on all issues and aspects of migration. Given the social and social significance of trafficking in human beings, IOM – Bulgaria continues to follow long-term strategy, supporting the development of national mechanisms to combat and counteract trafficking in human beings and support victims of trafficking

IOM Bulgaria implements projects with integration measures for persons granted international protection under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.

More information:

77, Tsar Assen First


02 939 4774