Interior Minister: Bulgaria to Accommodate Refugees at Hotels
A part of the Syrian refugees in Bulgaria will be accommodated at hotels, according to Nikola Kazakov, Chair of the State Agency for Refugees.
In a Thursday interview for Darik radio, he said that a sum of BGN 565 000 had been allocated through a decree of the Council of Ministers to the provision of alternative housing for refugees.
By end-2013, a total of 500 refugees from the Sofia-based center will be accommodated at three low-rate hotels at state-owned property.
He said that the places freed up by the refugees moved to the hotels would be occupied by refugees staying at one of the busiest accommodation centers in the country, the one in the southeastern village of Pastrogor.
After visiting the Pastrogor-based center on Thursday, Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev told journalists that the total capacity of all accommodation centers in the country had been exceeded by over 380 people.
He told journalists that the additional sites which would be used to accommodate refugees would become clear in ten days.
Yovchev said that steps were being taken to shorten the procedure for granting refugee status from the current period of around one year to three months.
He explained that the authorities were drafting criteria to distribute the refugees into groups depending on the level of risk to the national security.
The Interior Minister assured, however, that no discriminatory principles would be applied.
He noted that the lowest-risk group was that of families, adding that the higher-risk groups would face restrictions to the freedom of movement and would be subject to stricter control by the state.
Yovchev informed that the authorities were taking steps to make sure that the long-term stay of refugees would not create problems for the local population, at the same time without introducing restrictions to the stay of refugees at the respective centers.
He emphasized that the situation also required measures to stem the risk of epidemics, adding that a team of doctors from the Military Medical Academy in Sofia had been sent to Pastrogor to examine all of the 460 refugees straying there.
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You must be a naive, gullible foreigner. Please allow me to give you a primer in Bulgarian thinking:
1. We lure the refugees by advertising that they would be accommodated in 5 star hotels
2. Hundreds of thousands of refugees rush to Bulgaria
3. We apply for EU funds
4. Refugees are actually put in tents
5. We pocket the EU funds and buy ourselves the newest BMW X5's and Porsche Cayenne's
6. It's good to be in the EU :)
What the hell? Is this for serious? If these people are illegally crossing the border, they get put in a hotel rather than a detention centre? Is this for serious? And by announcing that such accommodation will be made, don't you think we will just encourage the 500,000 Syrians in Turkey to cross the border to Bulgaria, to take advantage? This is nuts!!!!!!!!!!