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132 asylum seekers arrested at the Bulgarian-Turkish border

(right) Vasil Marinov, Bulgarian Interior Minister (Credit: Bulgarian Interior Ministry)
(right) Vasil Marinov, Minister of the Interior of Bulgaria (Credit: Ministry of the Interior of Bulgaria)

(BRUSSELS2) Syrian refugees continue to flock to the Bulgarian-Turkish border. 132 asylum seekers were thus “ arrested trying to cross the border in the last 24 hours”, said the Bulgarian Ministry of the Interior. Most are nationals. Syrians ».

According to the Novinite agency, Bulgaria has the capacity to welcome 5000 refugees while 8000 have already arrived in the country since the start of the year. Local authorities expect the refugee figure to exceed the forecast 11.000. Between 15 and 19.000 people could find refuge in Bulgaria by the end of the year if the rate continues. The government has asked for help from the European Union to cope.

Sofia has already taken measures to limit this flow and a fence is being built on one section of the Bulgarian-Turkish border. According to the country's authorities, it should be ready by February 2014.

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