European Parliament MEP delegation joins call for halting returns of asylum seekers to Bulgaria under Dublin Regulation

Monday, March 3, 2014

An MEP delegation’s report on their visit to Bulgaria earlier this month evaluates the situation of asylum seekers and refugees in the country, in particular from Syria, and was presented to the LIBE Committee on 20 February 2014. The delegation expresses ‘deep concern’ about the reception conditions for asylum seekers and refugees, in particular at the centre of Voenna Rampa. The visit has led the delegation to join both UNHCR and ECRE in urging EU countries not to send asylum seekers to Bulgaria under the Dublin Regulation.

According to the MEPs, the main problems in the Voenna Rampa centre are: the lack of distribution of hot meals; the need for medical assistance for people; the buildings are not designed to host refugees and therefore have insufficient heating; not enough kitchens and sanitary facilities; and few facilities for children or recreational activities.

The delegation also encourages Bulgarian authorities to take over from UNHCR in providing warm food and medical assistance, and to examine the merits of applications of Dublin transferees returned to Bulgaria whose claims were dismissed in absentia.

Read the report of the MEP delegation.

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