Housing

Bulgaria

Country Report: Housing Last updated: 30/11/20

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Under the law, status holders may be provided with financial support for housing for a period of up to 6 months as from the date of entry into force of the decision for granting international protection under the terms and procedure established by the chairperson of the SAR in coordination with the Minister of Finance.[1] In practice due to lack of any integration support the beneficiaries of international protection are allowed to remain in the reception centres up to 6 months, unless in situations of mass influx or increased new arrivals. At the end of 2019, the number of beneficiaries staying in reception centres was 461.

Beneficiaries face acute difficulties in securing accommodation due to the legal ‘catch 22’ surrounding Civil Registration. Holding valid identification documents is necessary in order to enter into a rental contract, yet identification documents cannot be issued if the person does not state a domicile. The situation has been exacerbated since the SAR has prohibited beneficiaries from stating the address of the reception centre where they resided during the asylum procedure as domicile for that purpose. It led to corruption practices of fictitious rental contacts and domiciles stated by the beneficiaries of international protection in order to be able to obtain their status holders’ identification documents.

 


[1]           Article 31(3) LAR.

 

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation