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The European Youth Guarantee and Its Uptake among Roma Youth in Bulgaria
The 2008 financial crisis severely affected European youth. In the context of economic instability and a process of EU economy recovery, issues of transitioning from school to work among young Europeans exacerbated. To respond to such negative trends, the EU adopted the Youth Guarantee (YG) so that young EU citizens (usually between the ages of 15-24) can receive good-quality employment offers and offers for employment-enhancement activities. more »
ALICE: Adapting Learning in Inclusive Communities and Environment
There are quite a lot of studies, which show that having the chance to reveal your true self without the need to play a role is a determining factor in forming a sense of belonging to a community, empathy and mutual support. Fairly often cases of bullying, exclusion and discrimination tend to make kids’ life at school pretty difficult. more »
Improving and sharing knowledge on the Internet role in the processes of human trafficking and smuggling: National report for Bulgaria
This concise report is based on a deep exploration of the Bulgarian web and in-depth interviews with key informants. It provides a specific focus on the use of Internet in the recruitment, transportation and advertisement of services in the processes of trafficking in human beings and smuggling of human beings (THB and SHB). more »
The Role of the Internet in People Smuggling and Human Trafficking
This report presents the results of project 'www.surfandsound.eu - Improving and sharing knowledge on the Internet role in the human trafficking process' (hereafter referred to as 'Surf and Sound', coordinated by eCrime, the research group on ICT, law and criminology of the Department 'Faculty of Law' of the University of Trento, in partnership with the Center for the Study of Democracy (Bulgaria) and Teesside University (United Kingdom). more »
Risks of Islamist Radicalisation in Bulgaria: A Case Study in the Iztok Neighbourhood of the City of Pazardzhik
In the context of the escalation of extremist Islamist violence in many EC countries today, the issue of the risks of home grown Islamist radicalization in Bulgaria is the subject of heated public debates. Preventing and studying (Islamist) radicalization has become a priority in Europe, giving rise to wealth of publications that explore its motives and causes as well as the processes whereby individuals and groups come to espouse extremist ideas and engage in violent actions. Such studies are lacking in Bulgaria while worries about the potential influence that international terrorist organisations and the related Islamist extremist ideologies could exert in the country are rising. more »
Radicalisation in Bulgaria: Threats and Trends
The phenomena of radicalisation today develop and change at high speed, with their extreme forms manifested globally. The destructive dimensions of (violent) Islamist or right-wing radicalisation have become dramatically visible in Europe posing serious challenges to European societies at large. more »
Domestic and Gender-Based Violence: Victims Support Model
Freedom from violence, regardless of its form, is every human being’s fundamental right. The rights to life, liberty and security of person have been regulated in the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as in the European Convention on Human Rights. more »
Policy Brief: National Study on Domestic and Gender Based Violence (DGBV) and Elaboration of Victims Support Model (VSM)
The current brief is based on the results of the National Study on Domestic and Gender Based Violence (DGBV) and Elaboration of Victims Support Model (VSM), developed under Programme Area 29, BG12: Domestic and Gender Based Violence, Measure 3: Research and data collection of the Norwegian Financial Mechanism. more »
National Study on Domestic and Gender Based Violence
Bulgaria is among those half of EU-member states where statistical information about victim-offender relationship is not gathered, hereby making impossible the assessment of the share of domestic violence among crimes against the person. Domestic violence is not qualified as a criminal offence and is still not included in the Criminal Code – and respectively, in statistical data provided by the Police and by the National Statistical Institute. Information about numbers of complaints for domestic violence registered in the police and numbers of cases of domestic violence submitted to the courts are not present in the publicly available statistics either. more »
Roma integration across the Danube – best practices in administrative and social entrepreneurship
The vast majority of Roma population in Europe (80%) lives in the 14 countries of the Danube Region, the population percentage of Roma varying greatly from country to county, – with the strongest concentrations in poor and peripheral regions. Although only estimates of the exact population exist, Romania and Bulgaria, alongside Hungary and Slovakia have the highest shares of Roma within the overall population in the entire European Union. While National Roma Integration Strategies have been in place in these countries in the last few years, their effective implementation and success has been limited to this day. more »

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