Bulgaria to Open 2 New Refugee Shelters

Domestic | September 25, 2013, Wednesday // 15:22|  views

The Bulgarian refugee shelter in the southern town of Lyubimetz, file photo

The Bulgarian government has decided Wednesday to open two new refugee shelters for asylum seekers.

The decision was made during the regularly scheduled meeting of the Counsel of Ministries.

It will be implemented through a transfer of vacant properties of two Ministries to the State Agency for Refugees.

The first one belongs to the Education Ministry and it was a Professional High School for Architecture and Construction in the "Military Ramp East" suburb. The school is now closed. The other includes several vacant buildings of the Agriculture Ministry in the suburb of "Kremikovtzi."

However, locals in Kremikovtzi have already expressed firm resistance and opposition to plans to open a new refugee shelter there.

It was announced recently that Bulgaria has capacity to accept only an additional 1 000 refugees fleeing the Syrian conflict, while 4 000 are already in Bulgarian shelters.

Bulgarian nationalist parties Ataka and VMRO insist on closing the border with Turkey.

It was also reported that once in Bulgaria, there is no way to send the refugees back to Turkey as Bulgaria doesn't have an agreement with it for readmission.

Also on Wednesday, Bulgaria's Deputy Interior Minister Vasil Marinov stated that closing the border with Turkey is unthinkable.

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Tags: Syria crisis, refugees, border, turkey, Ministry of Interior, Vasil marinov, Ataka, shelters, VMRO, asylum seekers, Kremikovtzi


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