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SWM 2014: Rising hostility against Bulgaria’s refugee population 

Case study by Yuliana MetodievaMinority groups in Bulgaria, such as Roma and ethnic Turks, have long suffered discrimination and marginalization – and this has also translated into hate speech and bias motivated violence. However, the arrival of thousands of refugees displaced by the conflict in Syria has provided right-wing groups and extremists with a new target. MRG discussed this troubling new trend with Yuliana...

SWM 2015: Bulgaria/Hungary - Strategic Litigation for the Housing Rights of Informal Dwellers 

Case study by Bálint MiseticsIn its 2012 decision on the Yordanova and Others v. Bulgaria case, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) unanimously held that the eviction of around 250 Romani families from the Batalova Vodenitsa neighborhood in Sofia  (in which they have been unlawfully occupying municipal land) is not necessary in a democratic society and would constitute a violation of Article 8...

SWM 2015: Bulgaria - Segregated and excluded – the situation of Roma  

Case study by Svetlozar KirilovBulgaria’s Roma are among the country’s most excluded urban population. Poverty, high levels of unemployment and limited education combine with social stigmatization, leaving them very isolated from mainstream society and unable to access many of the benefits of cities. Urban segregation has also increased over the last two decades, further reducing their visibility: ethnic Bulgarians who used to live in...

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