Interior Minister Says Bulgaria Will Fulfill Its Commitment to Accept Refugees

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Bulgaria: Interior Minister Says Bulgaria Will Fulfill Its Commitment to Accept Refugees Bulgarian Interior Minister Rumyana Bachvarova. Photo: BGNES

Interior Minister Rumyana Bachvarova assured that Bulgaria will fulfill its commitment to accept the refugees, who will be distributed from Greece, Italy and Hungary according to the new quota system unveiled by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday.

Bachvarova stated this during an international conference on security in Southeastern Europe on Friday, private bTV station informs.

She also noted that Bulgaria will not trade the acceptance of refugees for the country's accession to the Schengen Area.

In her words, Bulgaria has to express solidarity in the current situation and accept refugees from other countries.

However she had no answer as to how people, who do not wish to come to Bulgaria will be persuaded to stay in the country.

According to her, Bulgaria deserves to be admitted to the Schengen Area as the country has fulfilled all the technical requirements and the admission was one of the conditions in the country's EU pre-accession treaty.

However it was not the right time to insist for accession to the Schengen Area and the admission should not be made conditional on the acceptance of refugees.

The deputy prime minister warned that terrorism has reached the doorstep of Bulgaria and it should not be ignored, but instead should be viewed in national, Balkan and common European context.

In her words, the conflicts in the Middle East and the hardships in Africa have placed the EU at the crossroads of many different problems.

Between the beginning of the year and September 3, a total of 17 048 foreigners have been detained at the Bulgarian borders and in the interior of the country.

The largest number of migrants have been detained as they attempted to enter the country – 6798, the majority of them being Syrians (3717), followed by citizens of Afghanistan (1309), Iraq (1417), Pakistan (171), Turkey (45) and 139 people of other nationalities.

More than 4000 have attempted to enter the country illegally, while 2201 passed through the border checkpoints.

A total of 5198 foreigners were detained in the interior of the country, while 5052 people were arrested as they attempted to leave Bulgaria.

According to the statistics of the interior ministry, the largest number of people, who had entered the country illegally and then attempted to leave it, came from Afghanistan – 2479, followed by citizens of Syria (1942) and Iraq (1572).

Despite the attempts at guarding the border, more than 10 000 foreigners were intercepted after they had entered the country illegally.

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Jo$eph - 17 Sep 2015 // 10:10:51

I really don't know why our interior minister can't see longer than her nose..... the same countries that let us outside Schengen for four years, are the same now who are asking for solidarity......... is Solidarity means that we have duties only, but no rights.......... we have not to accept any single refugee before admitting us to Schengen ......... Sure we have to help homeless people and people who flow from War, but also we have to use this opportunity to show Europe we are here and we are not Puppies ............ Schengen now or to refuse the refugee Quota.......... Bravo Romania, because they are saying what we don't dare to say...........

madoods - 16 Sep 2015 // 09:55:59

In fact Germany was the country advertizing for more migrants. But when it realised that many arriving had no skills or education decided that other EU countries had to take in the ones Germany could not use. This has caused a massive strain on the economies of other countries

Ivailo Ivanov - 11 Sep 2015 // 22:58:15

These minister is not speaking for the majority of the people here.

Ivailo Ivanov - 11 Sep 2015 // 22:56:18

The rich EU countries collaborated with the action of the "International community" (in which obviously Qatar and Saudi Arabia are the most important members ) for destabilizing the Middle least..
France even bombed Livia only to make it base for jihadists..
So they have to pay.. they have to take care for the people who are victims of this malignant hypocritical inaction..
The attacks on Iraq, Livia and Syria wer wrong, and wrong action lead to unpleasant results... so please Germans French and English pay you bill..

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