Another 124 Asylum-Seekers Enter Bulgaria in 24 H

Society | October 10, 2013, Thursday // 15:15
Another 124 Asylum-Seekers Enter Bulgaria in 24 H: Another 124 Asylum-Seekers Enter Bulgaria in 24 H The so-called Bulgarian-Turkish "green border" where there are crossings without checkpoints, file photo

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

The Bulgarian border police reports that 94 of the asylum-seekers were Syrian.

Bulgaria has the capacity to accommodate about 5 000, while some 6 000 refugees have arrived in the country since the beginning of 2013, with local authorities expecting the number to exceed 11 000 by the end of the year.

The total capacity of 3 350 in the shelters under the authority of the Interior Ministry and the State Agency for Refugees has been exceeded by 129 beds.

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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