On 6 and 7 January 2016 the Bulgarian institutions and civil society had a unique chance to hear about the experience of Canada in the field of asylum.
On 6 January 2016 Francisco Rico-Martinez and Loly Rico, Founders and Co-Directors of FCJ Refugee Centre in Canada spoke in Sofia about the promising practices of Canada with regard to fair and inclusive refugee protection system. The seminar also involved Bulgarian practitioners who shared points of reflection and made a brief comparison with the Bulgarian system: Valeria Ilareva from the Foundation for Access to Rights – FAR, Mariana Stoyanova from the Bulgarian Red Cross and Mimoza Dimitrova from the Assistance Centre for Torture Survivors – ACET. The seminar was moderated by Prof. Anna Krasteva from New Bulgarian University, Department of Political Sciences and CERMES. The seminar started with a keynote speech by Prof. Blagoy Vidin.
On 7 January 2016 the Bulgarian civil society (NGO representatives and volunteers from all over the country) met with Francisco Rico-Martinez and Loly Rico who shared the experience of the Canadian Council for Refugees in uniting forces for protection of refugees and other vulnerable migrants in Canada.
FAR expresses special thanks to Varka Kalaydjieva from the FCJ Refugee Centre who did the organization of the events and after that kindly provided the power-point presentations for their publication. Special gratitude to Francisco Rico-Martinez and Loly Rico, Founders and Co-Directors of FCJ Refugee Centre, who came all the way from Canada in order to share and multiply the good practices!