In the wake of a media outcry prompted by a November 2 attack on a salesclerk by an Algerian man, on November 4, the Interior Ministry presented an action plan to cope with the influx of refugees, reports Bulgarian daily Troud.
Since the beginning of the year, over 8,700 refugees have entered Bulgaria which only has facilities to welcome 5,000. The government aims to divide the number of refugees arriving in the country by three, and to triple the number of deportations.
The plan, which is to be applied over the next six months, will reinforce surveillance of the country's border with Turkey, and expel economic migrants, many of whom are from North Africa, who do not have refugee status, the paper explains.
The scheme also allows for the creation of internment camps for adult male migrants, and the construction of a 30 km fence in the Strandja mountain range, which is the access route for 85 per cent of asylum seekers who arrive in the country via Turkey.
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