Refugees ‘spend no more than a few hours in Bulgaria’ before heading to Western Europe

Refugees entering Bulgaria through the Turkish border spend no more than a few hours in the country, or at most spend two or three days in the country, until finding a way to continue on to Western Europe, according to the head of Bulgaria’s State Agency for Refugees.

Refugee agency head Nikola Kazakov told daily Sega that mass departures from refugee centres in Bulgaria had been a trend for months.

Between August 2015 and the end of January 2016, 4102 refugees had absented themselves from the centres, and this number had increased further, Kazakov said.

Within a month, with the advent of spring, the flow of refugees is expected to increase.

The refugee and migrant crisis in Europe is on the agenda of a February 15 meeting of the Visegrad Four countries – the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary – which is also being attended by Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov.

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