Provision of information on reception

Bulgaria

Author

Bulgarian Helsinki Committee

There are no specific rules for information provided on rights and obligations relating to reception conditions.  Asylum seekers obtain the necessary information on their legal status and access to the labour market through the information sources with regard to their rights and obligations in general (see section on Information on the Procedure).

The SAR has an obligation to provide information in a language comprehensible to the asylum seekers within 15 days from filing their application, which has to include information on the terms and procedures and rights and obligations of asylum seekers during procedures, as well as the organisations providing legal and social assistance.1 However, in reality this was not provided within the 15-day time period laid down in Article 5 of the recast Reception Conditions Directive. In practice, prior to the increased number of asylum seekers, this information was given upon the registration of the asylum seeker in SAR territorial units by way of a brochure. However, monitoring from the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee in 2017 shows that oral guidance on determination procedures is not being provided by caseworkers in the majority, if not all of the cases, although information brochures have been delivered in 72% of the cases.2 The law also envisages that additional information relating the internal regulations applied in the closed centres have to be provided to asylum seekers detained therein, but this has not been delivered in practice.3

  • 1. Article 58(6) LAR.
  • 2. Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, 2017 Annual RSD Monitoring Report, January 2018.
  • 3. Article 45e(1)(5) LAR.

About AIDA

The Asylum Information Database (AIDA) is a database managed by the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), containing information on asylum procedures, reception conditions, detenti