Bulgaria and Serbia expand list of border crossings for readmission of illegal migrants

Bulgaria’s cabinet has approved an expansion of the list of border crossings with Serbia for handing back people residing illegally.

The May 7 decision by the cabinet to approve the intergovernmental agreement comes against a background of a significant continuous flow of illegal migrants crossing from Bulgaria into Serbia en route to Western Europe.

The agreement is based on an EU-Serbia agreement, with Bulgaria and Serbia having signed a deal in 2011 on the requirements, conditions and procedures for implementing the readmission agreement – meaning the transfer back of people residing illegally to the country they entered from.

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