3 Top Bulgarian Politicians to Talk Solutions to Syrian Influx
Bulgarian health and social policy ministers, as well as the new head of the State Refugees Agency will report on the measures the government is undertaking to cope with the influx of Syrian refugees.
The three politicians will deliberate on the ways Bulgaria can deal with the increased number of Syrian asylum-seekers at a joint parliamentary meeting of the Healthcare Committee and the Human Rights and Citizens’ Complaints Committee on Thursday.
The number of refugees seeking shelter in Bulgaria has risen 7 times, compared to 2012.
A total of 5815 asylum-seekers entered in Bulgaria in the period January-September 2013, official data show.
Of 2377 illegal immigrants detained on Bulgaria’s border in September, 1635 were Syrian nationals.
On Wednesday the head of Bulgaria's refugee agency Nikola Kazakov was fired by Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev for failing to handle the influx and was replaced by Nikolay Chirpanliev, an expert in the Ministry of Defense.
Bulgaria, which shares a border with Turkey, is undertaking measures to accommodate all potential refugees that might arrive from Syria seeking shelters from the devastating civil war conflict.
Bulgarian officials have said the country may have to provide shelter for as many as 11,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year.
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