Multi Sector Needs Assessment and Winter Needs 2022-2023
Other Household Survey [hh/oth]
This MSNA is a quantitative survey that aims to cover randomly selected households of Ukrainian citizens who have sought international protection in Bulgaria in order to prepare an assessment of their needs in key public policy sectors: health care, employment, education and housing. The survey includes questions that pertained both the personal experience of respondents and to the experience of their households.
The study was conducted using a stratified sample with four subsamples:
- Refugees accommodated by state accommodation program;
- Refugees who received/receive support through the Blue dot centers;
- Refugees in private accommodation;
- Refugees whose children are enrolled in the Bulgarian education system - schools and kindergartens.
1311 surveys were collected between December 2022 and January 2023 in 265 municipalities in Bulgaria.
This dataset is the anonymized version of the original data.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
Version 2.1: Edited, cleaned and anonymised data.
The scope includes:
- Identification and consent
- Family composition
- Family separation
- Livelihoods and inclusion
- Health, mental health and psychosocial support
- Safety and security concerns
- Access to information
Livelihood and Social cohesion
Mental Health and Psychosocial Support
All 28 Bulgarian Oblasts
All refugees and asylum seekers in Bulgaria that are either accommodated by state accommodation program; and/or who received/receive support through the Blue dot centers; and/or are in private accommodations; and/or whose children are enrolled in the Bulgarian education system - schools and kindergartens.
Producers and sponsors
UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
Global Metrics Ltd
The selection of respondents in the first two subsamples was randomized.
Due to the lack of initial information on refugees who are privately accommodated and to the difficult access to Ukrainian refugees whose children are enrolled in Bulgarian educational institutions, these sub-samples were carried out by snowball recruitment and through allocating the interviewers in places where the subsample representatives are likely to be discovered. Due to the different ways of reaching the respondents - through their accommodation, through the Blue Dot centers, through the schools and among the Ukrainian refugee community, it is possible that there is an overlap between the respondents reached by the different approaches. In order to avoid overlap, the research team developed a procedure for pre-selection of respondents, by creating an additional question at the beginning of the questionnaire, which would indicate the cases in which the person had already been interviewed as part of one of the sub-samples. For the purposes of the analysis, groups were additionally constructed, depending on the type of accommodation that the refugees are residing in Bulgaria. There is an overlap between individuals in the subsamples (for example, individuals living in private accommodation could be recruited in the subsample of individuals using the services of Blue Dot centers or through Ukrainian refugees recruited in schools. In such cases, for analytical purposes, they fall into both subsamples, but were only surveyed once)
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
UN Refugee Agency
Global Metrics Ltd
UNHCR, Global Metrics Ltd (2023). Bulgaria: Multi Sector Needs Assessment and Winter Needs - 2022/2023. Accessed from: https://microdata.unhcr.org
DDI Document ID
UN Refugee Agency
Development Economics Data Group
The World Bank
Metadata adapted for World Bank Microdata Library
Date of Metadata Production
DDI Document version
Version 01 (June 2023): This metadata was downloaded from the UNHCR catalog (https://microdata.unhcr.org/index.php/home) and it is identical to UNHCR version (UNHCR_BGR_2022_MSNA_v2.1). The following two metadata fields were edited - Document ID and Survey ID.