Bulgaria expels 18 illegal migrants to countries of origin

Bulgaria has expelled 18 illegal migrants, sending them out of the country on a joint flight organised by Austria and co-funded by EU border agency Frontex, the Bulgarian Interior Ministry said on June 25.

Those expelled included 17 citizens of Ivory Coast and one from Nigeria, with all of them being sent back to their countries of origin, the Interior Ministry said.

A day earlier, Interior Minister Roumyana Buchvarova, speaking after talks with her Serbian counterpart, said that one of the ministry’s main priorities was countering illegal migration.

The expulsion of the illegal migrants came soon after a Frontex report that showed that since the beginning of 2013, about 153 000 migrants had been detected at Europe’s external borders. This represents a 149 per cent increase when compared to the same period in 2014 when 61 500 migrants entered Europe.

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