News 10 Sep 13

EU Leaves Bulgaria to Handle Syrian Refugees

Although more and more Syrians are entering Bulgaria from Turkey, Brussels has declined a plea to provide cash to help address their needs.

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Sofia

 

The European Union has turned down Bulgaria’s request for financial aid in handling an increase in Syrian refugees, it emerged from Monday’s visit to Brussels by the Bulgarian Interior Minister.

“Lack of premises for accommodating Syrian refugees in Bulgaria is a problem, but at this stage our country will have to cope with it on its own,” Tsvetlin Iovchev said after meeting EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström.

Bulgaria will obtain some assistance from the European Asylum Support Office, but little of this will be financial.

It can also count on expert and technical assistance from FRONTEX – the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union - to cope with the humanitarian situation and achieve better surveillance of the border.

Bulgaria, which shares a border with Turkey, may have to provide shelter for as many as 10,000 Syrians by the end of the year, some reports indicate.

Bulgaria says its refugee centres are already full and that it is looking for additional locations to accommodate a rise in people illegally crossing the border with Turkey.

 

 

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