Bulgarian MPs Discuss Closing Border over Refugee Influx

Politics » DOMESTIC | October 9, 2013, Wednesday // 10:27
Bulgaria: Bulgarian MPs Discuss Closing Border over Refugee Influx File photo by BGNES

Bulgaria’s Parliament started discussing on Wednesday whether the country’s border with Turkey and Greece should be closed for asylum seekers.

Lawmakers from the ultranationalist Ataka party and the center-right GERB voted in favor of including the item in the agenda, while the liberal Movement for Rights and Freedoms and the Bulgarian Socialist Party voted against and abstained, Dnevnik.bg infroms.

MPs rejected the pro-Russian Ataka’s proposal for the country to declare “neutrality” in case of a military conflict in the Middle East.

Bulgaria is undertaking measures to accommodate all potential refugees that might arrive from Syria seeking shelters from the devastating civil war conflict.

The number of refugees in the Balkan country is expected to reach 11 000 by the end of 2014.

Last week, an Ataka MP stirred outrage with her anti-refugee hate speech.

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