Europe migrant crisis: Serbia closing borders does not change situation in Bulgaria – Interior Minister

The decision by Serbia to close its borders with FYROM and Bulgaria to refugees and other migrants without valid EU visas does not change the situation in Bulgaria, Interior Minister Roumyana Buchvarova said in Sofia on March 9.

Bulgaria’s Interior Minister, speaking in a television interview, said that daily, the country was detaining migrants trying to cross the border into its Western neighbour.

Buchvarova said that the European decision to halt illegal entries would be a strong signal to migrants.

Bulgaria was taking all necessary steps and the country’s readiness to prevent attempts at illegal and organised entry by migrants to its territory had been enhanced.

She said that according to Interior Ministry data, about 90 per cent of the migration flow was organised.

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(Bulgarian Interior Minister and Deputy PM Roumyana Buchvarova speaks to European commissioner for home affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos during a EU summit on migration in March 2015. Photo: EC Audiovisual Service)