news 12 Sep 13

Bulgaria Finds More Beds for Syrian Refugees

As more and more Syrians cross into Bulgaria from Turkey, fleeing the civil war back home, the government has allocated more beds and refugee shelters.

Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev said that Sofia was continuing to seek ways to accommodate the growing number of Syrian refugees reaching the country.

The minister said the country had already secured another 350 beds for refugees and will open two new refugee shelters in the coming days.

"We are ready to accept a larger number of asylum-seekers if such a situation arises," Yovchev pledged.

He reiterated that the European Commission had promised technical assistance and had also given assurances that it was seeking ways to stump up funds for Bulgaria if necessary. "Bulgaria can count on European solidarity," the minister said.

The ministry is working also on preparing joint meetings on the Syrian refugee issue with the interior ministries of Greece and Turkey.

According to him, 10,000 Syrian refugees are expected to reach Bulgaria by the end of the year for whose needs Bulgaria will need to find 10 an extra 5 million euro or so.

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