Differential treatment of specific nationalities in reception

Bulgaria

Author

Bulgarian Helsinki Committee

For the time being there are no nationalities discriminated against in the area of reception. However, some of the reception centres are used for accommodation predominantly of a certain nationality or nationalities. For example, Vrazhdebna shelter in Sofia accommodates Afghan asylum seekers, Voenna Rampa shelter in Sofia accommodates Syrians, while some of the reception centres accommodate mixed nationalities, such as in Harmanli reception centre, Ovcha Kupel shelter in Sofia etc. Unaccompanied children are usually accommodated in all centres; separate wings are not permanently available.

At the end of September 2015, the government announced that Vrazhdebna shelter in Sofia had been assigned to host the first arrivals of a total of 1,302 asylum seekers for whom the Bulgarian government will take responsibility under the agreed EU Council Decision to establish provisional measures in the area of international protection for the benefit of Italy and Greece.1 Until 31 December 2016, the number of relocated persons however reached only 30 individuals transferred from Greece, mainly due to lack of interest among the asylum seekers to move to Bulgaria (see section on Relocation).

  • 1. European Union Council Decision 2015/1601 establishing provisional measures in the area of international protection for the benefit of Italy and Greece, 22 September 2015, available at: http://bit.ly/1WWAubi.

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