Bulgarian PM Rules Out Closing Border over Refugee Influx
Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski has reiterated that the country would not close its border with Turkey over the ongoing refugee influx.
Oresharski reminded that there is no international convention that would allow this move.
He told reporters that the Bulgarian government was “doing everything possible” to deal with the refugee emergency.
“We are putting efforts into accommodating the refugees,” he said.
The Prime Minister said Bulgarian authorities have contacted the European Commission in order to seek aid for the refugees.
Bulgaria is the gateway to the European Union for refugees fleeing Syria via Turkey, many crossing the border illegally to seek asylum.
The country currently has the capacity to accommodate 5 000 refugees – a number that was exceeded last week.
Bulgarian officials have said the country may have to provide shelter for as many as 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year.
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