Between 16 and 19 May, 2017 Center for the Study of Democracy organised a study visit to Rome for the purpose of acquainting representatives of relevant institutions with the system of reception and integration of asylum seekers and refugees in Italy. The Bulgarian delegation included representatives of the State Agency for Refugees at the Council of Ministers, Sofia Municipality, CVS Bulgaria and CSD. The study visit was joined by delegations from Greece, Malta and Spain and was hosted by the Italian public policy institute CENSIS.
The international delegation visited range of institutions such as Via Staderini, the largest first stage temporary reception Center in Italy; Casa Giorgia and S. Bernardo, second stage integration centers; as well as Programma Integra and Ciofs Fp Lacio, training bodies providing various training services to refugees. In addition to the study visit, the 21 participants from Bulgaria, Greece, Malta and Spain took part in an international seminar and had the opportunity to discuss matters relating to reception and integration of asylum seekers and beneficiaries of international protection with representatives of the Central Directorate of Immigration and Asylum Civil Services at the Italian Ministry of Interior, the Italian Protection System for Asylum Seekers (SPRAR), the Municipality of Rome and a range of local level service providers. In a final debate all participants exchanged information and experience coming from their own countries and shared of ideas of promoting relevant good practices in the area of reception and integration of refugees.