Bulgarian Refugee Shelters Exceeding Capacity

Society | September 16, 2013, Monday // 13:46|  views

Bulgarian border police are on high alert over the refugee influx from Syria, file photo from BGNES

Over the past three days, 244 foreign nationals have illegally crossed the border into Bulgaria.

177 of them are Syrian nationals, and 67 come from other countries.

The capacity of the regional refugee shelters under the authority of the State Agency for Refugees and those of the Interior Ministry is currently exceeded by 514 beds, reported BGNES agency. The overall limit is 1 930 persons.

The shelter for temporary accommodation in Elhovo has housed 166 asylum seekers.

A key problem for the Regional Directorate of the Elhovo Border Police is the inability to timely accommodate persons with expired detention warrants.

These warrants are issued by the transit centers of the State Agency for Refugees and specialized homes of the Migration Directorate under the Ministry of Interior.

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Tags: Syrian nationals, State Agency for Refugees, the Interior Ministry, refugee shelters, asylum seekers, Regional Directorate, Elhovo, Border Police, Migration Directorate


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