About 16 000 have entered Bulgaria illegally since beginning of 2016 – official

About 16 000 foreigners have entered Bulgaria illegally since the beginning of 2016, according to a regular report by the State Agency for Refugees.

Of the total, about 7000 were from Afghanistan, while less than 2000 were from Syria.

The largest number of refugees and migrants arriving in Bulgaria are from Iraq and Pakistan, according to the State Agency for Refugees report.

According to the report, in September 2016, 57 per cent of those who sought protection were men, 32 per cent children and the rest women.

Only four per cent of refugees and migrants had tertiary education.

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