Since 2001, by a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly, June 20 has been celebrated as World Refugee Day, coinciding with the African Refugee Day.
For the last ten years, on average, 1000 people per year have been filing an application for such a status. Most of them flee their countries of origin for political reasons. They are all looking for a peaceful place to settle down and quite a few of them recognize Bulgaria as such.
Since February 2013, our Association together with the guides from Free Sofia Tour have been actively involved in showing our capital to the people applying for a refugee status, thus contributing to brightening up their everyday lives. This way we hope that no matter outcome of their application, they will all treasure the good memory of our country.
The first tour with refugees and asylum seekers took place in February of this year and was led in Arabic by Free Sofia Tour guide Krassimir Yankov. Two more guided tours in French followed in March and April by another guide from our team – Dima Alexandrova. On 14 July we are planning to celebrate the National Day of France with a tour in French, of course, but also one in English. When organizing these visits we always follow the main idea of Free Sofia Tour – to make friends with the people.