Sportigration is an initiative of the Bulgarian Sports Development Association (BSDA) uniting young people, including migrants, in order to showcase the opportunities for integration through sports and counteract the social tension resulting from the 2015 migrant crisis. Sportigration aims to gather at one place young people and policy-makers in order to discuss proposals and ideas for migrant integration through sports, culture, art, etc. and thus to introduce some innovation in the migrant integration policies through sports.  

Through its activities, Sportigration encourages young people to take up the role of ambassadors of good practices and assume an active civic position on the topic of integration through sports.

Year(s): 2016

Target group(s): Migrants; Young people; Sports specialists; Policy-makers



Sportigration is based on sharing good practices, developing a list of integration measures through sports and discussing opportunities for cultural, linguistic and religious integration through the use of different sports activities. 

Type of product

Exchange of good practices; Dialogue between society and policy-makers

Brief description of the product / outcome / method

The main outcome of Sportigration is a package of integration measures through sports which to be provided to policy-makers and applied in practice. The package of integration measures includes a set of recommendations developed as a result of a constructive dialogue between young people and policy-makers, which outlines the development of new instruments and approaches for integration through sports.

The integration measures are available here (in Bulgarian):

Impact on target groups / Transferability potential

Sportigration seeks to support the integration of refugees and marginalized groups in the local society and thus lower the burden on the country’s social system, reinforce the adaptation on the labour market and improve the society’s attitude towards these groups. It also aims at raising the civic activities of the participants and at making them more aware of the current problems in the European union. 

Promoter of the initiative

Name of organization / individual: Bulgarian Sports Development Association

Country: Bulgaria



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