Bulgaria’s zero refugee integration policy and beyond

17 September 2015
Vankova in Law

I am sure you have heard that the Bulgarian government built a fence on the Bulgarian – Turkish border and that the ‘refugee crisis’ put the national asylum system to the test. What about the Bulgarian integration policies? Did you know that currently refugees in Bulgaria face ‘zero’ integration support for a second year in a row due to an institutional ‘Ping-Pong’?


Zvezda Vankova holds a PhD in Law from the Maastricht University. She is a researcher at the Department of European and International Law & the Institute for Transnational and Euregional Cross Border Cooperation and Mobility (ITEM) at the Faculty of Law of the Maastricht University. Zvezda Vankova defended the dissertation "Circular migration from the Eastern partnership countries to the EU – the rights of migrant workers in Bulgaria and Poland" which was  part of the TRANSMIC project. Zvezda holds a BA degree in Public Administration and a MA degree in International relations from the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. She was awarded a scholarship by the Danish Agency for International Education (CIRIUS) and specialised European Studies at the University of Copenhagen (2004-2005).


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