Bulgaria’s 7M leva fence at the Turkish border is ‘useless’ – and temporary

The controversial fence built along 30km of the Turkish border at the orders of the now-departed Bulgarian Socialist Party government is “useless” against illegal migration – and in any case is now described officially as a “temporary measure”.

The fence was built in response to the significant increase in the number of refugees entering Bulgaria in 2013 from Turkish territory, an influx resulting mainly from the crisis in Syria.

The hugely expensive project, officially said to have cost seven million leva (about 3.5 million euro) went over deadline and was mired in controversy not only because of the price tag but also by the awarding of the contracts linked to it, a major supply contract reportedly going to a firm held by a local party boss.

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