More than 30 participants gathered today (December 13, Friday, 2019) the round table "Migration and Business", organized by Caritas Rousse in the framework of the MIND international initiative "Migration, Interaction, Development". Representatives of various business structures, experts and non-governmental organizations discussed the main challenges facing the opportunities for the realization of labor migrants on the Bulgarian market. Representatives of the Municipality of Ruse and Regional Administration - Ruse also took part in the talks.
Key messages from key panelists:
Stella Dionisieva, RTIK: Training and assistance for adaptation to Bulgarian society. This is what intermediary organizations can offer in order to improve the attractiveness of the Bulgarian labor market for foreigners. Permanent unemployment and retraining are a challenge and an opportunity at the same time, which can positively influence the change of the picture.
Eleonora Ivanova, BRTPP: Accommodation and integration - this is what people who come to Bulgaria from other countries need in order to find professional fulfillment. The business is in dire need of manpower: both professional and less skilled. In Bulgaria, there are already good conditions for offering work, the market is sufficiently competitive, business organizations fulfill their intermediary role, workers from third countries are welcome.
Plamen Atanasov, employment expert: More than 10,200 seasonal workers from 35 different countries worked in Bulgaria in the first half of this year. This is 30% more than 2018 according to provisional data. The main problems with labor migrants are lack of knowledge of the Bulgarian language, low education and the difficulties they experience in proving education and qualifications. Easing the conditions for validation of knowledge and skills is among the priorities of the Bulgarian authorities in 2020.
The main conclusions of the discussion will be made available to the public authorities in the region.