UNHCR issues update on the refugee situation in Bulgaria

Date: 
Monday, February 17, 2014

In an update of 7 February 2014, UNHCR is ‘concerned over measures to restrict access to territory’, citing both the 33km fence along part of the Bulgaria-Turkey border and the stationing of 1,500 police officers at the border.  Reception conditions ‘remain inadequate in most centres’, which ‘continue to be overcrowded’. ‘Delays remain in registration and access to registration cards’ as well as in the provision of monthly allowances to asylum seekers. Those granted protection are not receiving financial aid, housing or language courses. ‘Access to formal education remains a serious gap’ for asylum seeking children.

Read UNHCR’s update.


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Keywords: 
Delay
Education (right to)
Reception conditions
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