Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry will set up checkpoints inside the country to counter trafficking of people who have entered the country illegally, National Police chief commissioner Hristo Terziiski told public broadcaster Bulgarian National Radio on August 15.
For the moment, these “border checkpoints” will be built only in the region of Bourgas, along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast.
Terziiski said that apart from “traditional places”, checkpoints also would be set up on secondary, tertiary and forest roads.
“We will take action even in the smallest perimeter in which we could miss people who have crossed our border illegally,” he said.
Terziiski said that a few years ago refugees were transport from the border to Sofia in 50-seat buses, but that had changed to 20-seat microbuses “and now we have cases in which most of those traffickers arrested are using cars, small microbuses and vans”.
He said that in Sofia, operations against illegal migration were being held daily, both in the central part of Bulgaria’s capital city, and in residential areas in the region of the Ring Road.
Eleven regional directorates of the ministry in the country had created special units dedicated to combating illegal trafficking of migrants, he said.