124 Asylum-Seekers Enter Bulgaria in 1 Day

Society | October 9, 2013, Wednesday // 12:32
Bulgaria: 124 Asylum-Seekers Enter Bulgaria in 1 Day Bulgarian border police are on high alert over the refugee influx from Syria. File photo by BGNES f

A total of 124 asylum-seekers entered Bulgaria through its border with Turkey over the past 24 hours, according to the Bulgarian Interior Ministry.

91 of the asylum-seekers were Syrian.

Some 6000 refugees have arrived in Bulgaria since the beginning of 2013, with local authorities expecting the number to exceed 11 000 by the end of the year.

Bulgaria is the gateway to the European Union for refugees fleeing Syria via Turkey, many crossing the border illegally to seek asylum.

The country has asked for EU aid in order to deal with the ongoing refugee influx.

The Bulgarian Red Cross is raising funds for providing accommodations for refugees. Citizens can give BGN 1 by sending an SMS to the number 1466 available for all mobile networks in Bulgaria.

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