Bulgaria is stationing hundreds of troops on the border with Turkey to deal with the migration flows

The Bulgarian authorities have announced the deployment of around 350 military personnel on the border with Turkey to help the police deal with the increasing migration flows in the region.

In a statement, Defense Minister Georgi Panayotov confirmed the information and made it clear that, according to information from bTV, “the military has already arrived at the Bulgarian-Turkish border to support the agents”. So you stated that this is 40 units of equipment.

In 2021, more than 6,500 people illegally crossed the border into Bulgaria, three times as many as in the first nine months of 2020.

Bulgaria is stationing hundreds of troops on the border with Turkey to deal with the migration flows
Bulgaria is stationing hundreds of troops on the border with Turkey to deal with the migration flows

The country lies on one of the main migration routes that thousands of people travel to enter the EU, mainly from the Middle East and Afghanistan. Bulgaria forms an external border for the community bloc and has an almost 260 km long fence on the border with Turkey.

In August, parliament agreed to station between 400 and 700 soldiers on the border with Greece and Turkey, mainly to help build fences. Bulgaria is the poorest country in the EU and does not have a large number of refugees.

Following the return of the Taliban to power, the EU states fear an increase in migration flows from Afghanistan. However, many warn that the situation could be similar to the migration crisis that hit Europe in 2015.

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