German NGO Calls on Berlin not to Send Asylum Seekers Back to Bulgaria

Views on BG | April 16, 2015, Thursday // 16:15
Bulgaria: German NGO Calls on Berlin not to Send Asylum Seekers Back to Bulgaria Photo by BGNES

Mistreatment, accommodation centers that are unfit for human beings and month-long detentions are just some aspect of Bulgarian authorities' attitude to refugees, a German NGO argues.

In a 50-page report [DE], it outlines numerous stories of immigrants from the Middle East who were not properly treated upon their arrival in Bulgaria as asylum seekers.

The organization is calling upon German authorities not to allow deportation of people who were registered on Bulgarian soil and for whom Berlin envisages the transfer back to Bulgaria as required under EU rules.

This comes amid last years' sharp rise in the numbers of refugees registered in Bulgaria but fleeing to other EU member states in search of a better life.

The organization cites accounts of refugees who were registered in Bulgaria but told German activists stories of mistreatement they experienced in the Southeastern European nation, including humiliating and degrading attitude of authorities.



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