EU Warns Bulgaria Against Turning Down Syrian Refugees

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | November 19, 2013, Tuesday // 16:44| Views: | Comments: 8
Bulgaria: EU Warns Bulgaria Against Turning Down Syrian Refugees Michele Cercone, spokesperson for home affairs commissioner Cecilia Malmstr?m. File photo

The European Commission has indirectly warned Greece and Bulgaria to stop turning down Syrian refugees at their borders with Turkey.

Both countries have launched the construction of fences on their borders with Turkey in a move to cope with the ongoing influx of asylum-seekers. Greece has erected a 12.5km wall at a critical section of the Greece-Turkish border near the town of Orestiada, while Bulgaria has announced plan to build a similar, 30-km fence near the town of Elhovo.

But Michele Cercone, spokesperson for home affairs commissioner Cecilia Malmstr?m, has told EurActiv that pushing back asylum seekers was against EU and international law.

“Push-backs are simply not allowed. They are not in line with EU and EU and international obligations. Member states cannot, shall not and should not carry out any push-back,” he said.

Asked how laws against push-backs were consistent with the fact that several member states had erected walls or fences at their borders, Cercone conceded that EU countries were free to decide their own border protection measures.

“This is of course their choice. But we have always said that walls do not solve problems. What solves problems is a consistent structural management of migratory and asylum seekers’ flows,” Cercone said, as cited by EurActiv.

He explained that this was implying that member states should be able to manage these flows in full respect of fundamental rights and international and European obligations.

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sa-sha - 21 Nov 2013 // 16:06:43

!!!!!.....and to accompany the "2:36" picture with:

"Plus Shariah for the UK
At Brits' expense!"---"OK, OK"
"Allah is Britons' SuperStar!"---
---"Allah Akbar, Allah Akbar!"

countryhick1 - 21 Nov 2013 // 13:29:39

This sums up England. It will happen here if you do not act.

sa-sha - 20 Nov 2013 // 12:02:18

Many EU states clearly marked their limits - i.e. the same very "fences" - on the quantity of the Syrian refugees. The biggest figure "5,000" belongs to Germany and this potential maximum is lower than the real quantity of the Syrian refugees who are already in BG...
As for "good old communism"----- a 600-mile border fence along the US–Mexico border as the nice example ;-)

rhodesia - 20 Nov 2013 // 09:23:21

Sobieski. You are so darn right. Why do the EUcrats want to turn Europe into a huge ialamic state, it beggars belief. In 100 years pure white faces will be in a minority. It is heading that way in the US!

countryhick1 - 19 Nov 2013 // 21:03:45

Build a fence! Back to good old communism

Mat - 19 Nov 2013 // 19:31:44

Spain and Italy have built fences? They turn away refugees? I think not...

Yane - 19 Nov 2013 // 19:17:10

But what happens in Spain and Italy, why, that is perfectly ok with the EU, can't anger the big EU countries, look the other way when they do something or they might get angry n want to leave the EU. So, these EUcrats bully around smaller countries to feel better.

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