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Factsheet for measure BG-2022-9/2312 – measures in Bulgaria
|Country||Bulgaria , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 26 February 2022|
|Context||War in Ukraine|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Measures to prevent social hardship
– Other humanitarian measures
|Author||Ekaterina Markova (IPS-Bas) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||18 May 2022 (updated 01 March 2023)|
The Bulgarian government initiated an integrated information portal to help those leaving Ukraine. The portal consists all the necessary official and updated information, links and contacts for obtaining temporary protection, finding home and work, as well as social assistance and child care and school for citizens of Ukraine. The portal is in four languages: Ukrainian, Russian, English and Bulgarian.
The website, located at ukraine.gov.bg , provides full information on border control requirements when entering Bulgaria, as well as full instructions on necessary identity documents. The portal includes special section on procedure for obtaining international protection status and temporary protection for citizens of Ukraine when arriving in Bulgaria.
The information portal includes also the option to submit alerts for assistance and evacuation of citizens. The Ukrainian citizens in need could also find information about donors, volunteers and NGOs. All measures, related to war in Ukraine, are published with updated status.
According to the official website of the Ministry Council, this integrated information portal built by the Bulgarian government is the first in the EU.
According to the official statistics, published in the portal, 264,853 Ukrainians entered Bulgarian borders, of which 102,918 remained in the country. Children from Ukraine are 39,143 and this information is important for the Bulgarian educational system, making efforts to include these children in learning process. 105,676 citizens of Ukraine are registered with temporary protection. 61,942 persons are accommodated.
According to the portal as of 21 February 2023, more than 1,098,205 Ukrainians entered Bulgaria, of them 50,049 stayed in Bulgaria. 151,874 are registered for temporary protection, and 11,019 have been settled.
|Applies to all workers||Applies to all businesses||
Migrants or refugees
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement||No involvement|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
This information portal is initiated by the Bulgarian Government in early February. The involvement of social partners is not stated publicly.
CITUB organised a crisis working group that will operate through the network of regional structures of the trade union confederation. The aim of this working group is to monitor the situation with Ukrainian refugees and to respond to the need for urgent humanitarian aid.
Eurofound (2022), Integrated Information Portal for Ukraine, measure BG-2022-9/2312 (measures in Bulgaria), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/BG-2022-9_2312.html
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