A group of Bulgarian cabinet ministers was to meet on January 5 to discuss how to improve border security and the state’s response to an expected increase in the number of illegal migrants attempting to enter the country.
The meeting was also taking place against a background of media reports that three European Union member states – Germany, Austria and Hungary – have given Bulgaria notice that they intend returning a total of 7500 refugees to the country because although registered in Bulgaria, the refugees have moved on to their countries.
Further, it also comes against a background of the recent dismissal of the head of Bulgaria’s State Agency for Refugees, who had held the post for about a year after being appointed amid the crisis in late 2013 when the country saw a significant increase in the number of refugees, mainly from the Middle East and North Africa.
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