Illegal attempts to cross Bulgarian border were at record low in final months of 2016 – Interior Ministry

The number of attempts at illegal crossing of Bulgaria’s borders in the final months of 2016 were the lowest since 2013, the Interior Ministry said on January 26.

The data were based on an analysis of migratory pressures between 2013 and 2016.

Illegal crossing of the Bulgarian border, especially across from Turkey, rose significantly in 2013 mainly because of the crisis in Syria.

The Interior Ministry said that in recent years, Bulgaria, by virtue of its geographical position and as an external EU border, had come under increased migratory pressure.

“This is one of the most serious challenges to national security. Limiting and countering illegal migration and transfer of foreigners across the border is a major priority for the ministry,” the statement said.

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