Conditions for immigrants in Bulgaria lag behind rest of EU

On Thursday 16 November, Balkan Insights informed about a leaked letter from the European Commission to Bulgaria from this July, in which the EU urges Bulgaria to improve its asylum policy and criticises its treatment of immigrants, particularly those of Afghan origin and unaccompanied minors. The European Commission has refused to comment on the document's authenticity.

The situation of immigrants in Bulgaria is undoubtedly problematic. The main issue is the absence of central management when dealing with immigrants, signs of discrimination of immigrants from Afghanistan are also present, according to Amnesty International. Despite the decline of the number of asylum seekers and the financial and operational support provided by the European Union, the treatment of unaccompanied underage immigrants and the overall situation in detention facilities are inadequate as well. Migration also complicates Bulgaria's position in the negotiations on its accession to the Schengen area. This is also partly due to a possible migrant influx through the Black Sea migratory route, which might be used more frequently after winter ends.

About author: Jonáš Vlk

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