Refugees in Bulgaria 'Segregated Like Roma'

Society | November 24, 2014, Monday // 12:35|  views

Nikolay Chirpanliev. Photo by BGNES

Refugees living in Bulgaria are segregated like the local Roma population and do not wish to learn Bulgarian, the Bulgarian Refugee Agency (DAB)'s Chairman Nikolay Chirpanliev has said.

Chirpanliev told representatives of the organization FCJ Refugee Centre who visit Bulgaria on a yearly basis to prepare reports that most refugees did not want to stay in Bulgaria after having been granted status.

"Rich refugees want to go to Switzerland, Germany and Sweden and other European states, while here remain only the Kurds, who are a lot worse than our Gypsies [sic!]."

Asylum seekers who arrive in Bulgaria can only set off for other destinations within the EU after having received refugee status. However, most of those who cross the border are more often granted humanitarian status, which only allows them to remain on Bulgarian soil.

Chirpanliev, for his part, has become notorious over the past months for his insulting remarks about member of Human Rights Watch, calling them "morons".

Readers can find FCJ Refugee Centre's latest report here.

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Tags: DAB, refugees, humanitarian status, refugee status, Nikolay Chirpanliev, human rights watch


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