Pilot sites

REFUGE-ED will carry out 46 pilots in 6 countries reaching out to more than 10 000 people.

Italy, Greece, Ireland, Sweden, Bulgaria, and Spain have been strategically chosen to achieve diversity in the context of migration and the situation of the refugee children.

Bulgaria, Italy, Greece, and Spain are key entry countries into the EU and are often considered transit countries on a journey towards northern and western Europe.

Sweden and Ireland are considered destination countries and have different integration strategies in place.


TitleAddress Description
Pilot sites in Bulgaria
Sofia, Bulgarien
Malmö, Sweden

Three types of settings for pilot studies

Reception and identification centres

Reception and identification centres, refugee camps host refugee and asylum seeker families and children on a temporary basis. Educational arrangements are non-formal and transitory.

Inclusive school environments, and social and learning environments.

Pilot actions will be carried out in inclusive schools of formal education, and other non-formal or informal social and learning environments, serving migrant and non-migrant students and families. This pilot will involve a total of 18 schools/high schools, one Centre for Adult Education, one inner city community group and one intercultural centre.

Institutionalized residential care targeted to unaccompanied minors and separated children

The third type of pilots will be developed in residential care centres for the guardianship of unaccompanied minors and separated children. These educational arrangements are non-formal. They become key spaces for these children’s wellbeing, educational opportunities and sense of belonging.  



Bulgaria is a transit country for many asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors but some refugee families have decided to settle in the country. There is already an interesting experience in various educational practices for migrant and refugee children, as well as a need to apply innovative approaches.

In Sofia, the REFUGE-ED project is being implemented in two safe zones for unaccompanied minors in reception and registration centres and in three public schools with experience in educating students with diverse backgrounds, including Roma and refugees. In these schools the teachers are sensitive to intercultural issues and psychological problems related to migration.

Pilot schools collaborate closely with reception and registration centres, managed by the State Agency for Refugees, other government institutions, NGOs, and international organisations in a variety of activities, such as coordination of the refugee children’s enrolment and continuous communication on the educational and adaptational status of students, training of teachers, active participation and informational activities for the school pupils, intercultural, humanitarian and other activities.


15th School 'Adam Mitskevich'

The 15th “Adam Mitskevich” school is a municipal public non-specialized school in Sofia, Bulgaria providing education for pupils from 1st to 12th grade. The school was established in 1950 as a girls’ school and five years later was transformed to mixed one. Nowadays the school has more than 500 students enrolled. The school has a rich history in terms of providing education for students of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds and, currently, has pupils from Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Vietnam, China, Afghanistan, Georgia, as well as children from the Roma community in the “Nadezhda” district and coming from crisis centers.

66th School "Filip Stanislavov

The 66th ‘Filip Stanislavov’ school is a municipal public school in Sofia, Bulgaria that provides education for students from 1st to 12th grade. Currently the school has about 350 students. 35% of the students are Roma and there are 20 unaccompanied minors from Syria enrolled in the school. The educational institution used to have around 700 students each year, but their number dropped in the 2000s when the school launched a Roma integration program. The school has been presented in the media as a ‘school which is not afraid of the refugee-students’ because and one that ‘sets an example in tolerance and respect, and educates its students in the spirit of these values’

74th School 'Gotse Delchev'

The 74th ‘Gotse Delchev’ school is a municipal public school in Sofia, Bulgaria providing education from 1st to 12th grade. There are a total of 65 teachers and a pedagogical staff including two psychologists, three speech therapists, two resource teachers and a teacher – pedagogical consultant. During the school year 2020/2021, around 750 students were enrolled. Their background is diverse in terms of ethnicity (Bulgarians, Roma, migrants from Vietnam, Bangladesh China). There have been refugee children previously enrolled in the school but many of them have opted to be reunited with their families outside of Bulgaria and haven’t managed to finish the school year.

Registration and Reception Center in Sofia – Voenna Rampa

Registration and Reception Center in Sofia – Voenna Rampa (RRC Voenna Rampa) is a refugee site, one of three Registration and Reception Centers in Sofia, managed by the State Agency for Refugees (SAR). RRC Voenna Rampa includes a Safety Zone for unaccompanied minors (UAM) established in 2019 and operated by IOM. The total accommodation capacity of the center is 800 asylum seekers. RRC Voenna Rampa accommodates asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran mainly. The majority of asylum seekers accommodated in the RRC are from Afghanistan. SAR, CARITAS, CRW and IOM regularly organize different arts and crafts workshops in the center.

Registration and Reception Center in Sofia – Ovcha Kupel

Registration and Reception Center in Sofia – Ovcha Kupel (RRC Sofia – Ovcha Kupel) is a refugee site, one of three RRCs in Sofia, managed by the State Agency for Refugees (SAR). RRC Voenna Rampa includes a Safety Zone for unaccompanied minors (UAM) opened in 2020 and operated by IOM. The center has a total accommodation capacity of 860 asylum seekers. RRC Ovcha Kupel accommodates asylum seekers from Syria, Iraq, North Africa, and other countries where the spoken language is Arabic or Kurdish, as well as Sub-Saharan Africa. The majority of those accommodated currently are from Syria.



There are 14 different pilot sites in Spain covering a wide range of educational services. Some are traditional schools, others are have been working with succesful educational actions for while and are transitioning into learning communities. 

Three of the pilot sites are residential care facilities for unaccompanied minors and separated children. These sites are not mentioned in the list below for reasons of confidentiality. 



Fundación CEPAIM

CEPAIM is a fundation which offers attention services to vulnerable capes of society. CEPAIM offers reception and general information services, administrative support, training, employment and housing services, attention to the youth and families, and development cooperation services. One of their main tasks is to give reinforcement lessons to students of different schools, while promote safe learning spaces and integrative and supportive communities.

Eibar BHI

Eibar BHI is a public high school in the town of Eibar. It is a Learning Community characterised by being plural, bilingual and innovative. Their goal is to meet the needs of Basque society as well as attend to diversity by balancing existing differences. To offer students of different origins, cultures, abilities, sensitivities a comprehensive education that allows them to become autonomous, critical and committed adults, capable of coping correctly through their lifetime.

IES Veles e Vents

Veles e Vents is a large public high school in Gandia which also offers vocational training courses and has more than one thousand students. They have long been a Learning Community and have experience in implementing successful educational actions as interactive groups, dialogical gatherings, and educational participation of the community.

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