Refugee Crisis: Romania Sends Iraqi Asylum Seekers Back to Bulgaria

Written by on December 25, 2016 in Bulgaria, Latest - No comments

A group of 10 Iraqi refugees, nine adults and one child, were detained in Romania after crossing its southern border illegally. It is unclear where exactly they crossed, but it must have been in the east since, according to Romanian media reports, they did get caught by the Coast Guard and the Costanta division of the Romanian Border Police, in the village of Darabani, after walking across.

According to the Romanian Border Police, the refugees are aged between 12 and 50. The group wanted to reach a Western European state, after already having applied for asylum in Bulgaria.

Reports said, the same refugees from Iraq were responsible for prior “offenses”, meaning they had tried to cross the border before.

The Romanian authorities handed the Iraqis over to the Bulgarian Border Police.

Since the so-called Balkan Route was closed for refugees last year, more then 10,000 asylum seekers are stuck in Bulgaria. Many have tried to get to Western Europe via Serbia and Romania. This year, several refugees, among them children, drowned in the Danube while trying to reach Romania.

Recently, the Bulgaria Border Police, which was rocked by countless corruption scandals yet again in 2016, said that 2,000 “migrants” had “disappeared” from the Bulgarian refugee camps.

By Imanuel Marcus

Symbolic photo: Refugees in Slovenia (2015)

 

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