Bulgarian PM Warns of Rising Migration Pressure along Southern Border

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Bulgaria: Bulgarian PM Warns of Rising Migration Pressure along Southern Border Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. File photo by BGNES

Bulgaria is bracing for a possible surge in migration pressure on its southern borders, the country’s Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has said.

“Nothing good is awaiting us. […] The army, police and gendarmerie, they are all working, and we prepare for a severe problem with the refugee wave," Borisov told Nova TV broadcaster on Friday morning.

Each day Bulgarian police detain around 150 to 200 irregular migrants who have crossed the border into the country, Borisov said.

"There are no controls at all on the border with Greece, with the exception of a few points where we have strengthened security measures with the help of the army. That’s why we decided yesterday to deploy patrols to locations not guarded by a wire fence and thermal imaging cameras," Borisov added.

Borisov noted it was regrettable that the EU’s agreement on migration with Turkey signed in March was almost non-working. 

Borisov also said that he had been invited to a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul on August 24.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has invited Borisov and Romanian President Klaus Johannis to a meeting in Berlin on August 26, the Bulgarian prime minister added.

Borisov also called for greater caution in reaction to events unfolding in Turkey in the wake of last week’s thwarted coup attempt.

The Bulgarian government should aim to keep the balance and maintain communication with Turkey “even though we don’t understand the arrests of journalists, judges, teachers” in that country, Borisov said.


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Ivailo Ivanov - 23 Jul 2016 // 00:09:26

1 EU should not have assisted USA and Saudi Arabia in destabilizing the secular Muslim regimes.
2 EU should have recognize the USA-Russia confrontation in Ukrain as a diversion from the reality of the Muslim invasion of Europe;
3 EU should have not follow liberal, Soros style, Open society behavior towards the Muslim invasion
4 EU should have forces for fast reaction and border control to protect its borders and in future to interfere in enclave fighting
6.EU should make massive deportations
7. Eu should no play stupid games with Turkey
8. The role of the Saudi money in manipulation the western politics should be recognized.

Ivailo Ivanov - 23 Jul 2016 // 00:00:32

If Merkel was so kind to invite all kind of political and economic migrants from all over the world and the EU commission made a number of moves facilitating the migration wave..... why they are so shy now to provide help..? We need people and money to protect the borders.. and we need that the illegal immigrants to know that they are not welcomed in west Europe, otherwise they can not be stopped.

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