Bulgaria to receive 852 refugees in first phase of quota scheme

Bulgaria will receive 852 migrants redirected from Greece and Italy in the first phase of the refugee quota reallocation scheme approved by a majority vote of European Union ministers on September 22.

Of these, 201 will be from Italy, out of a total of 15 600 migrants to be redistributed from that country, and 651 from Greece, out of a total of 50 400.

At an earlier meeting of EU ministers, in July, Bulgaria was allocated 500 refugees from Italy and Greece. The September 22 decision brings the number of refugees to be redirected to Bulgaria to 1352.

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