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Reception conditions for asylum seekers have improved in the recent months in Bulgaria, as shown in the updated AIDA country report, compiled by the ECRE Member Organisation, the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee. However, the sustainability of the improvements made and some residual gaps in the asylum system remain a concern.
Bulgaria is currently hosting 7,600 asylum seekers and refugees. Over half of the people who applied for asylum in 2013 were fleeing the war in Syria.
Over 6,ooo persons have been rescued by the Italian Navy last week from more than forty overcrowded boats off the shores of its most southern regions in just four days, says UNHCR. These people, who had set off from Zwara in Libya, come mainly from Syria, Eritrea, Somalia, Nigeria, Gambia, Mali and Senegal.
The Asylum Information Database (AIDA) is a project of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), in partnership with Forum Refugiés-Cosi, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee and the Irish Refugee Coun