More than 600 illegal migrants to be returned to Bulgaria from other EU countries

Bulgaria has confirmed that 684 illegal migrants will be returned to it from other European Union countries, adding that claims that 7000 are to be returned are misleading.

This emerged from statements in a radio interview on January 6 by Interior Ministry chief secretary Svetozar Lazarov.

Bulgaria is expected to face an increase in illegal migration when spring brings warmer weather, while various government departments debate how to respond.

Also on January 6, Interior Minister Vesselin Vuchkov denied that there was a “dispute” between him and Defence Minister Nikolai Nenchev, a statement that followed calls by Vuchkov for temporary deployment of military personnel to assist in guarding the border, which Nenchev has rejected.

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