Interior Minister: Migrant-trafficking routes not shifting to Bulgaria

Migrant-trafficking routes have not been diverted to include Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast, Interior Minister Roumyana Buchvarova told the National Assembly in Sofia during Question Time on April 6.

Buchvarova said that before the European Union-Turkey deal on migrant control was signed, Bulgaria had raised “at all levels” the issue that the agreement should take into account the risk of new migrant-trafficking routes being opened through the territory of Bulgaria, crossing the Turkish-Bulgarian border.

She said that at European level, all institutions were aware of this danger.

The agreement included a point that required that should there be a mass movement of migrants across the Turkish-Bulgarian border, the same assistance that had been rendered to Greece would be given to Bulgaria.

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