Bulgarian Migration Directorate officials in 2016 expelled a total of 1410 people, mostly citizens of Iraq and Afghanistan, who had been in the country illegally, the Interior Ministry said on January 9.
This was 77 per cent higher than in 2015, when 797 people were sent out of the country, the ministry said.
Most of those sent out of Bulgaria in 2016 were returned by the Migration Directorate through a programme for assisted voluntary return (639) while 413 were forcibly returned by the Migration Directorate.
The rest were ordered out and left using their own resources, while 25 third-country nationals were handed over to other EU countries under the Dublin Regulation.
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