No EU Aid for Bulgaria over Rise in Syrian Refugees
The European Union has turned down Bulgaria’s request for aid in handling an increase in Syrian refugees, it emerged during the country’s interior minister visit to Brussels on Monday.
“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,” Interior Minister Tsvetlin Iovchev Commissioner said after meeting Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström.
Bulgaria will be assisted by the European Asylum Support Office, but its aid will hardly be financial.
The Balkan country can also count on expert and technical assistance from FRONTEX for coping with the humanitarian situation and achieving 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 year end.
Bulgarian refugee centers are full and the government is looking for additional locations to accommodate a rise in people illegally crossing the border with Turkey.
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