Border Fence in the South: Bulgaria Completing Next Segment

Written by on October 5, 2016 in Bulgaria - No comments

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According to Bulgaria’s Interior Minister Rumyana Batchvarova, Bulgaria is about to complete another segment of its fence along the Turkish border. At the parliament in Sofia, the minister said that segment’s length was 56 kilometers. The total length of the border fence between Bulgaria and Turkey will be 229 kilometers.

Batchvarova said, migrants were constantly looking for border stretches without fences. This should become more difficult now.

In case Turkey opens its borders for refugees, Bulgaria will install container camps close to the border, the minister stated. A curfew would apply to those, Batchvarova stated. That way, the situation could be controlled more effectively.

In the meantime, border police in neighbouring Romania have caught 16 Iraqi refugees, who attempted to cross the Danube into the country, according to media reports from Bucharest. These refugees, eight men, two women and six children, will be handed over to the Bulgarian border police. Both police authorities will launch an investigation in this case, the reports said.

According to Bulgarian law, refugees who cross the country’s borders illegally, will be incarcerated if caught. This practice has been sharply criticized repeatedly by NGOs and the United Nations.

The Bulgarian border police has had countless scandals in the past years, months, weeks and even days. On Monday, three border guards in the south were arrested on corruption charges.

By im.

Photo by Refugees Resettlement Watch

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