Syrian Refugees in Bulgaria: Germany is Our Final Destination
As Bulgaria struggles to cope with the influx of Syrian refugees, most of them share their final goal is to reach Austria and Germany and settle there.
“We don't want to stay forever in your country, nor do we want to go back to Syria, because the situation in the two countries is bad. Our wish is to go to Germany or Austria. There our children will have a much better life,” a refugee from the camp in Ovcha Kupel district, identified as Halil, told a reporter from 24 Hours daily.
Halil has been in Bulgaria for six months, but still has not received identity documents.
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 Syrians by the end of the year.
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EU pays? ;-)...oh, yes, “Bulgaria may receive assistance for integration of immigrants,” said Regional Policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn in Sofia. An impolite translation: “You will be encouraged to keep the wave at bay here, in Bulgaria, and not let it flow farther north and west”: http://www.tol.org/client/article/23971
The above wave of refugees was predictable from the very beginning. Still the majority of the EU States' leaders, including BG, alas, did (and do) stubbornly support the "rebels" whose first violin is now Al Qaeda. So, Al Qaeda (and consequently the growing wave of refugees) from one side and "stop" signal for the same refugees on the borders of West and North European states from another side. And Bulgaria in the middle. So nice. But EU will pay, sure. Don't Worry Be Happy, Bulgaria.