The Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mariya Gabriel, has stated that the accounts of the Russian Cultural and Information Center in Sofia could potentially be frozen, pending approval from the ministry
October Sees 41% Decrease in Illegal Migrants in Bulgaria
In October, Bulgaria's Interior Ministry revealed a significant decline in illegal migrant detentions by 41% compared to September 2023. A total of 1,359 individuals from third countries were apprehended, with 122 caught entering, 134 leaving, and 1,103 found within the country.
Throughout January to October, 17,056 third-country nationals faced detainment. Of these, 1,364 were incoming, 1,751 outgoing, and 13,941 were residing illegally within Bulgaria. This marks an 18.2% increase from the 2022 count of 14,427 illegal migrants.
Notably, the largest groups of illegal migrants were Syrians (50.9%), Moroccans (15.9%), and Afghans (15.2%). Moreover, the number of illegal migrants found residing in Bulgaria between January and October 2023 surged by 35.1% compared to the same period in 2022, primarily Syrians (49.9%), Afghans (33.9%), and Moroccans (10.5%).
Interior Minister Kalin Stoyanov disclosed that Bulgarian border authorities thwarted approximately 165,000 illegal entry attempts at the Bulgarian-Turkish border since the year began.
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