Bulgarian municipalities ignore EU-funded refugee integration scheme

No Bulgarian municipality has applied to take part in an EU-funded scheme that provides funds to assist in integration of refugees, reports on March 8 said.

The funding is available to settlements on a per capita basis for refugees accepted and provided with housing, employment and health care, but no municipality has submitted documents to take part, daily Sega said.

A regulation approved in August 2016 enables municipalities to come to an agreement with the State Agency for Refugees on receiving refugees.

The local government is entitled to funding if in return it provides housing, kindergarten, school, Bulgarian language training, health insurance and care, guidance and inclusion in adult learning, inclusion in employment measures and information on job vacancies.

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