Three EU Countries 'to Send 7500 Refugees Back to Bulgaria'

Society | January 4, 2015, Sunday // 11:37| Views: | Comments: 14
Bulgaria: Three EU Countries 'to Send 7500 Refugees Back to Bulgaria' Most asylum seekers who make it to Bulgaria are unwilling to stay here, eyeing Western Europe. Photo by BGNES

Germany, Austria and Hungary would like to return about 7500 people with a refugee status to Bulgaria, media reports suggest.

Officials from the three EU member states have already referred to the Interior Ministry in Sofia to inform in about the migrants, Bulgarian daily Pressa wrote on Sunday.

As many as 180 of them were extradited in 2014, but others are also likely to be returned.

Last summer, Germany told Bulgaria it would send back some 3000 people with either humanitarian or refugee status who had illegally reached its territory. Berlin later renounced the idea.

In theory, the refugee status, unlike the humanitarian status, allows its bearer to travel in the rest of the EU.

But current rules state that a refugee who has been registered in Bulgaria but chooses to move to another EU country is to be sent back.

Under the Dublin Regulation, it is up to the EU member state which has served as an asylum seeker's entry into the EU to protect the seeker and look into their asylum claim.

Sofia has long hoped that rules would be changed and has lately sped up procedures granting humanitarian status. - See more at:

Hoping that rules would be changed Sofia sped up in 2013 procedures granting humanitarian status, a move which drew criticism from politicians and experts.

Regardless of rules most refugees and bearers of a humanitarian status are determined not to stay in Bulgaria, a country they mostly perceive as a stop on their way to Western Europe. Neither has Sofia adopted a comprehensive integration strategy that could offer migrants any prospects in Bulgaria.

Earlier this week Deputy Prime Minister Meglena Kuneva called in a meeting with Interior Minister Veselin Vuchukov and Defense Minister Nikolay Nenchev to discuss the risks of a new refugee tide similar to the one that flooded Bulgaria in the autumn of 2013.

Authorities in Sofia are now reportedly concerned about how to accommodate the migrants if they are returned, since  there are is only room for 2000 more people in the respective centers. At the same time under Bulgaria's legislation the centers cannot serve as housing for migrants who have already been granted status.

The State Agency for Refugees (DAB) recently warned that an increased migrant flow should be expected when temperatures go up in the spring.

This comes days after Nikolay Chirpanliev, who headed the DAB, was dismissed on December 29.

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independent - 5 Jan 2015 // 22:41:32

Send them all back to Turkey, no war going on there!

Fr Jack Hackett - 5 Jan 2015 // 18:45:51

The refugee waves are destabilizing the whole of the EU which is why the citizens of growing numbers of member states want to leave it. The imposition of huge numbers of people who do not share the culture of the EU is destroying what it has taken our ancestors 2 millenia to build

Optimistic - 5 Jan 2015 // 17:31:14

The refugee rules are made by the big EU countries at the centre of europe.

Refugees land in countries at the edges of Europe and these bear the burden.

It is time that the rules are changed and that refugees have free movement in the EU.

Remember that fundamental EU principal.

The refugees would move to richer countries such as Germany France and UK where chances of well paid work are much better.

Time to polish up - 5 Jan 2015 // 13:04:33

my .38, and clean up the backyard.

putin-wlad - 5 Jan 2015 // 00:26:58

typical racist western europeans. send everything to bulgaria and then call bulgarians "racists"...these people are funny.

Seedy - 4 Jan 2015 // 19:44:12

Bulgaria won't go the same way, Sandra - all it needs do is to kick out the dregs of the UK Benefits Culture and the Me-me Entitled riff-raff that keep coming here as unwanted economic migrants....

Sandra White - 4 Jan 2015 // 15:31:44

I would kindly ask Bulgarian politicians to visit the UK and see how so called refugees has killed off British culture. If you are 2nd generation or more British; you are now a foreigner in your own country. Streets that were once clean are now used to dump rubbish. Crime is rife. When I was a kid, nobody needed to lock their car or back door, These days it's not safe to walk the streets of London.

Please don't let Bulgaria go the same way!

Henry Silverman - 4 Jan 2015 // 15:20:42

There are easy answers to this problem.

1. Bus the refugees to the Turkey from where they entered into Bulgaria.

2. Give them and instant Bulgarian passport so that they go back to Germany.

3. Put them in a lorry and drop them off in Calais.

Agent Piccadilly - 4 Jan 2015 // 14:55:19

Who do these nazi scum think they are telling us they may deport these illegral immigrants back to Bulgaria?! This just shows the difference between GERB & the BSP. If Stanishev was in power his regime would just send in the troops and annex part of Germany to create 'lebensraum' for these migrants, and if any EU country dared protest they would be next. What do GERB do? Nothing....

sa-sha - 4 Jan 2015 // 14:32:05

"Dublin Regulation", "Third Energy Package" etc.....The fortress EUrope is very good at churning out the laws which miraculously coincide with the highest interests of Democracy ;-)

Blah blah blah Malak - 4 Jan 2015 // 13:46:38

let them send them back. Once they get here they will go right back to Germany.

malak petko - 4 Jan 2015 // 12:28:47

I do not think destabilized Bulgaria will be more effective barrier to the human wave that is going to continue folowing the complete destabilization of the Middle east. On the contrary.

malak petko - 4 Jan 2015 // 12:24:31

The refugee wave can completely destabilize Bulgaria.. and although Germany and the EU commission are hiding from their responsibility... it will come to them!!! soon or later the will pay..

malak petko - 4 Jan 2015 // 12:17:49

Germany and the German EU first supported the USA-Saudi attack on Syria.. !!!!!
Yes they supported it.
So they have to carry their responsibility and take these refugees.

Besides German's EU overburdened us with 15 000 000 000 debt for photovoltaic, so they deprived us of the money to care for these refugees.

Besides Germany pressed hard against the South Stream and deprived us from the profits from transition of gas that we additionally depriving our economy of money to support these refugees.

So Germany has to take these refugees. Not to mention that they want to stay in Germany not in Bulgaria.

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