Refugee children barred from Bulgarian village still not placed in school

The case of the refugee children barred access to the school in the Bulgarian village of Kalishte continues, with the Education Minister confirming that the 12 children still had not been placed in a school.

The incident in Kalishte made headlines on September 15, the first day of the Bulgarian school year, when protesting villagers said they did not want the children admitted and threatened to withdraw their own children if they were.

The fallout from the case includes the State Agency for Refugees filing a charge of racism against the mayor of Kovachevitsa, in whose region Kalishte falls, as well as municipal councillors for their campaign against the children and their families, who are from Afghanistan and Somalia.

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