‘Absurd obstacles’ stop refugee children attending Bulgarian schools – report

More than 400 refugee children will not be attending school in Bulgaria because of absurd regulations, including requirements such as the submission of a range of official documents from their home country – hardly possible when that country is seized by civil war.

This is according to a September 2 report in Bulgarian daily Sega, 13 days ahead of the start of the new school year, which said that of more than 520 refugee children in Bulgaria, only 96 had been signed up to go to school.

The report cited sources from within the State Agency for Refugees. The story comes against a background of a significant increase in 2013 of refugees coming to Bulgaria, mainly because of the crisis in Syria.

Recently, officials have claimed a renewed increase in refugee arrivals in Bulgaria.

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