At the very beginning of the 2020 decade the world finds itself in a dynamic and controversial political context with regard to the New pact on Migration and Asylum; offshore processing of asylum applications and public attitudes towards migrants & xenophobia.
In many ways, the challenges to humanitarian protection in the last two years were a continuation of those of previous years. The Coronavirus pandemic brought about new complications. In many countries, immigrants have been among the worst hit by the virus and the accompanying disruptions to work, education, and social services. Furthermore, migrant workers have generally been at higher risk of contracting the coronavirus not having access to a qualitative treatment and support.
In this context more than ever it is needed to strengthen solidarity and international cooperation to address vulnerabilities of refugees and migrants, as well as to foster their social inclusion. It is an ideal opportunity for the Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies to show that they act as one big family leaded by empathy to human suffering and united by the principles of humanity and impartiality.
Since 2003, a core principle of the Bulgarian Red Cross has been to work for empowerment of the refugee and migrant communities and to promote diversity and tolerance in the Bulgarian society. Community engagement and accountability, case management and emergency response are among the BRC’s priorities in the field of asylum and migration.
Based on this, the Bulgarian Red Cross welcomes the opportunity to be a partner in the “National Society Capacity Exchange and Enhancement Platform” Project implemented with the support of the ERASMUS Plus Programme.
Despite the challenging circumstances nowadays we strongly believe that this project will manage to achieve its goals and contribute to enhanced capacity not only among the four participating NS, but also at the level of the IFRCRC family.