Bulgaria sent 350 troops to its border with Turkey today to support police due to growing pressure on migrant flows, Defense Minister Georgi Panayotov said.
“As of Monday, there are soldiers on the Bulgarian-Turkish border to support the border police. “350 people were sent along with about 40 devices,” he said.
More than 6,500 people who entered the country illegally, mostly Afghans, were arrested in Bulgaria from January to September, more than three times in the same period in 2020, according to the Interior Ministry.
Bulgaria is located on the external land border of the European Union (EU), on the road for migrants and refugees who want to reach Europe. A barbed wire, damaged in many places, covers the 259km-long Bulgarian-Turkish border.
Parliament had decided in August to send 400 to 700 troops to Bulgaria’s borders with Turkey and Greece to help build the fences. The poorest member of the EU, Bulgaria, has never accepted a large number of asylum seekers, most of whom leave the country even before receiving an answer about their refugee status.
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