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Following a visit to Bulgaria in March, Amnesty International reported on the situation of asylum seekers. This report confirms the difficulties of access to the country and push-back practices at the border. It records and difficulties of access to information and to the asylum procedure, depending on their nationality, the use of detention of asylum seekers, the unworthy reception conditions since their number increased without corresponding resources mobilization, although improvements have been since last autumn.

Amnesty International concludes by recommending that other European states abstain from returning asylum seekers in Bulgaria.

You can download the report here (in English).


Pentax Digital CameraSofia, nearby the reception center for asylum seekers, abandoned buildings are squated by homeless asylum seekers – August 2011.