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The Bureau for Information and Services for third country nationals, which opened in September of this year, now has a new activity! To promote the integration of foreign nationals into the labour market, the team of the Bureau is organising the first ever Responsible Employer Awards for Refugees and Migrants 2021. The event takes place on the eve of the International Migrants Day – on 17 December at 13:30h at SofiaLab on 1 Serdika str., 3rd fl. and will be broadcasted online on the SofiaLab website.

The successful socio-economic integration of third-country nationals into the labour market is a chance and an opportunity for our society that would lead to greater economic and financial stability. The purpose of the awards is to recognize companies that recruit and retain migrants in their teams, to give them public recognition for promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and to promote best practices for everyone’s professional development.

The nominated employers have made a significant contribution to reducing barriers for migrants in the labour market and to fostering integration and understanding in the community of Sofia and its surroundings. The award categories are in 5 areas: Sustainable Commitment to Migrant Employees, Green Workplaces, Employer Concerned with Mothers and Women, Combining Work and Studying, and Teamwork.

The awards are formed by Sofia Development Association and Sofia Municipality, Caritas – Sofia and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The idea is to hold the initiative annually in the future and to expand it more and more.

You are welcome to visit us at SofiaLab on Serdika str., 3rd fl., 17 December at 13:30 or join SofiaLab’s Facebook page to find out who the winners are!

The Bureau is established in the framework of CONNECTION project: CONNEcting Cities Towards Integration action, co-funded by the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.