Refugees Go on Hunger Strike at Bulgaria Detention Center

Politics » DOMESTIC | September 9, 2013, Monday // 18:37| Views: | Comments: 2
Bulgaria: Refugees Go on Hunger Strike at Bulgaria Detention Center In Bulgaria, foreign refugees and asylum-seekers are kept in the notorious facility in Busmantsi near Sofia. Photo by BGNES

Fifty refugees, accommodated at the notorious Busmantsi detention facility near Sofia, have declared a hunger strike in protest against the ban to leave its premises.

The protesters also complain of slow processing of asylum applications, confined living space, strained relations with the security guards and dilapidated equipment.

They have threatened to take their protest a step further and turn the hunger strike into mutiny if their demands are not met.

Persons accommodated at Registration-and-Reception Centres of the State Agency for Refugees are free to come and go, which is not the case at the Lyubimets and Busmantsi detention centers, where persons pending deportation are also held.

Being a member of the EU but not of the Schengen area, Bulgaria is just a transit county for illegal immigrant.

All asylum applicants in Bulgaria are poor and somewhat confused and the country is rarely their end goal.

Some 1000 persons apply for asylum each year, mainly from Afghanistan, Iraq, Armenia, Iran, and most recently, from Africa and Syria.

However, on average no more than 10% get political asylum, while the remaining ones may spend years roaming through the local red-tape labyrinths before they decide to head off to Western Europe, often again illegally.

The imperfections of the legal system (one asylum-seeker can file an indefinite number of applications), combined with the insufficient administrative capacity, enable the formation of a community of people without documents whose stay in the country has expired.

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Tags: Busmantsi Detention Facility, lyubimets, Schengen, traffickers, State Agency for Refugees, Asylum, asylum seekers, humanitarian status, refugee status, refugee, illegal migrants, Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, BHC
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Justme - 10 Sep 2013 // 12:15:42

Hahahaha,,,crazy,,,these Syrians are upset that they are not getting the five star treatment while Bulgarians live barely on one star. If they are not satisfied, the door to go back home is open.....GOOD BYE

mrgaynumber one - 9 Sep 2013 // 19:24:58

yes i'd say these asylum seekers are confused, BG is poorer then many surrounding countries, the corrupt elite treats its own citizens like cattle, how do you expect them to treat asylum seekers? BG can barely pay pensions and pave roads how can they pay for these third world rejects?

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