Bulgaria speeds process of granting refugee status

Bulgaria has granted formal refugee status to 170 people in the past 20 days alone, bringing the count in the country to 1150 people.

The country currently is said to have about 8000 refugees in its borders, counting people who have been processed, those who have applied formally and those whose data and fingerprints are yet to be recorded.

Speeding the process of granting asylum is among the steps being taken by authorities as they scramble to try to cope with the refugee situation in Bulgaria.

State Agency for Refugees and Interior Ministry accommodation for refugees continues to be past capacity.

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