Palestinian refugees from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank in Bulgaria and the application of Article 1D of the 1951 Convention

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Since October 2020, Foundation for Access Rights – FAR has been implementing the project "Palestinian refugees from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank in Bulgaria and the application of Article 1D of the 1951 Convention". The project is conducted with the financial support of the European Network on Statelessness.

The aim of this project is to examine the challenges that stateless Palestinian refugees from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank face in Bulgaria and how Article 1D of the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees is applied to their cases under the procedure for granting international protection. Our main objectives are:

  • to advocate for change regarding the major gaps in the protection of stateless Palestinians in Bulgaria and the application of article 1D of the 1951 Convention
  • to raise the awareness of the civil society, state officials, the Ombudsman and other stakeholders about the issues faced by Palestinian refugees in Bulgaria by directly involving Palestinian refugees and their voices in identifying their problems and possible solutions.
  • to increase the knowledge about issues of stateless Palestinian refugees of asylum officials, judges and lawyers.

The project activities include:

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  • Development and implementation of a communication plan that includes 5 communication materials to be widely disseminated and published online. You can read the individual stories of Palestinian refugees here:

The Palestinian who fell in love with Sofia

From the West Bank to Bulgaria

Dream for a better life

Childhood in Gaza

  • to organize a half- day-training session with stateless determination procedure officials and asylum officials, judges and lawyers.

For more information on the topic read - Palestinians and the Search for Protection as Refugees and Stateless Persons - a report which is a result of a joint collaboration between ENS and BADIL (the Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights).

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