Bulgarians Arrested for Trafficking of Syrian Refugees in Greece
Three Bulgarians have been arrested in Greece in an attempted human trafficking of seven Syrian refugees, local media reported.
The Bulgarians aged 31, 23 and 21 were arrested on the Greek-Turkish border in the city of Orestiada.
The three men will face criminal charges over human trafficking.
Bulgaria is the gateway to the EU for refugees fleeing Syria via Turkey, many crossing the border illegally. The country has asked and is receiving EU aid in order to deal with the ongoing refugee influx.
Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev proposed a plan for reducing the number of illegal immigrants because along with asylum seekers from Syria, a large number of people from North Africa and the Middle East also cross the southern border with Turkey. The plan includes deportation of the latter.
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