Trapped in Europe’s Quagmire: The situation of asylum seekers and refugees in Bulgaria is Bordermonitoring’s report on Bulgaria. The making of the report was undertaken by four independent researchers and follows structural conditions in the country which place asylum-seekers and refugees in an extremely vulnerable position as well as their current precarious situation.
The themes covered in the report are as follows:
Push-backs and violence at the Bulgarian border
From overcrowded camps to the production of homelessness
Integration in flux: a path to exclusion in a state of chaos
Xenophobia and racists assaults: institutions, far-right, street violence
Asylum procedures: the legal experts’ opinion
Europe’s most unwanted: restrictions on free movement
Bordermonitoring advises against the conduct of Dublin returns to Bulgaria until the country can ensure dignified treatment of all asylum-seekers and refuges on its territory. Bordermonitoring continues to closely follow the developments in Bulgaria.
The reports on stories collected in Bulgaria, while the journalist Andrea Rehmsmeier, visited the country in the months of April and May 2014. The broadcast covers the hardships that status-holders endure after the granting of their status. As a 19 year old Palestinian reports:
If you got this passport, than you have to leave the camp within a transition period of one month. Because the Bulgarian state is taking the view: From us you got what you wanted. Now go to work, or sleep in the street, this is not our problem anymore. From now on you are responsible for yourself!
Andrea Rehmsmeier shows the dangerous situation in Bulgaria that arises from the spread of extreme far-right tendencies. As one of her interviewees, a volunteer who helps asylum-seekers and refugees, shares:
On Facebook people write things that I don’t really want to say publicly. They also threaten me that they will send the “hooligans” after me.
Tomorrow, on July the 7th, Bordermonitoring is releasing a report of its findings in Bulgaria. Trapped in EUs Quagmire: The situation of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Bulgariacovers topics ranging from push-backs and racism in Bulgaria to the newest developments in regards to integration and the spread of homelessness.