2015 研究助成 Research Grant Program
(A) Joint Research Grants
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Exploring the Art of Living Together in 21st Century Ethnically Diverse Europe: Fostering strong sense of belonging, living in harmony with one another, and integrating refugees
イヴァン･ボテフ Ivan Botev
東洋大学国際地域学部 Faculty of Regional Development Studies, Toyo University
Waves of people (one million by 2015, UN) are trying to escape the wars and persecution in the Middle East and Africa by making Europe their new home and the tendency is for this to continue. European countries are unprepared in accommodating these refugees the biggest humanitarian catastrophe in the past decades. Bulgaria, due to its geopolitical location, is the first safe European territory reachable by land. Bulgaria though, has the lowest economy rate in the EU, low birthrate, high mortality rate, aging population and "muscle" and“brain” drains, i.e. the country suffers an enormous demographic crisis. The main aim of our project is to contribute to the integration of refugees, who remain in Bulgaria and to recognize them as a resource, which in long-term will also help solve the existing demographic crisis in the country. The specific goals are increased inclusion and implementation of existing literature and creation of new, specific such in the elementary school curriculum as well as in non-formal educational settings, which fosters a sense of belonging and acceptance of others. The model of this project once it proves successful will be applicable in other multicultural and multiethnic countries, where similar conditions exist.