Bulgarian Border Police chief: Illegal migration significantly down in 2016

Bulgaria’s Border Police director-general Svetlan Kichikov says that the migration pressure situation in Bulgaria is calm and there are days on which there are no attempts at illegal border-crossings.

He presented figures that illegal border-crossings from January 1 to December 19 2016 were down on the figures for the same period of 2015, while the number of people apprehended attempting illegal migration was 54 per cent lower than in the same period of 2015.

Kichikov, in an interview with local media to mark December 22, celebrated by Border Police as what is termed in Bulgaria their “professional holiday”, noted that 150 staff of the new European border agency were currently posted in Bulgaria.

Most were at the Bulgarian-Turkish border. The number of staff deployed could be changed in accordance with migratory pressure and the willingness of the host country, he said.

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