Bulgarian government’s new goals in ‘action plan’ on refugee situation

Bulgaria’s Cabinet is to consider a draft plan on dealing with the refugee situation in the country, which includes seven new goals, Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev said on November 4 2013.

His statement came as official figures said that accommodation for refugees in Bulgaria now was exceeded by close to 1200 places and after a weekend in which ultra-nationalists sought to whip up emotions over the refugee issue, calling for expulsions and closing of Bulgaria’s borders after an incident in which a shop assistant was stabbed, allegedly by a refugee from Algeria.

Yovchev told a news conference that reducing the number of illegal migrants in Bulgaria was “top priority” in the action plan for dealing with the crisis that had resulted from a sharp increase in the number of people entering Bulgaria to seek support.

“Generally, the plan aims at solving the problem around the intensive migration pressure on Bulgaria. Apart from the goals, initiatives and activities, the plan also includes the necessary resources – technical, material, and financial, as well as the deadlines and a plan about who will assume responsibility for its implementation,” Yovchev said.

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