Only 13 refugees in Bulgaria receive social assistance from the state

In March 2017, it came out to be known that only 13 refugees in Bulgaria receive social money as a social help from the Bulgarian state, because of their disabilities. Apart from that, no other refugee in Bulgaria gets cash in some form of subsistence. The 65 Leva (33EUR)  a month were already taken away in 2015, two years ago.

The deportations from other countries to Bulgaria went on in March, but in small numbers. Until the end of March 2017, Bulgaria accepted 146 people back: from Germany 53, from Austria 38 and 19 from Hungary. To the 30th of March 2017, the State Agency for Refugees (SAR) accommodated 5,190 people its centers. In April 2017, Bulgaria was criticized of not fulfilling the quota for resettlement of refugees from other European countries.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) announced that they have arrested 790 “illegal“ migrants from January until mid-April 2017 with a current number of having 569 migrants in its closed centers. But that doesn’t mean at all that there is not more migration movement through the country, many people cross without registration and therefore they are only visible when they are being caught by the authorities: Already in March, 28 migrants were found in a burning lorry at the near of the Bulgarian-Turkish border and at the end of April 2017 53 migrants were caught, while they wanted to cross a danubian bridge in Ruse, near Romania. Some days later the police arrested five people while trying to smuggle themselves with a van through the same region.

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