Bulgaria’s Minister of Defense, Georgi Panayotov, announced that an army had been sent to protect the borders with Turkey and Greece. The reason is the growing migratory pressure. The soldiers will provide support to the border services.
Georgi Panayotov said that 700 soldiers are to be sent to the borders for the time being. The first to set off is a contingent of 400 soldiers equipped with specialized equipment for the protection of land and sea borders. The soldiers will support over a thousand border police officers sent by the Bulgarian Ministry of Internal Affairs.
In February 2016, at the height of the migration crisis, the Bulgarian parliament adopted an amendment to the law on the armed forces, which allows the use of the army to protect borders. The scope of activities of soldiers and their powers are determined in such situations by the prime minister.
Special operations forces units will be sent to the borders, informed the commander of this formation, General Jawor Mateew.
Most of the detained escape from the centers
According to data from the Ministry of the Interior, since the beginning of the year, the border guard has prevented more than 14,000 illegal immigrants from entering Bulgaria.
Currently, about 3,500 people in Bulgaria are staying in the centers for migrants, including 950 Afghans. Most detainees flee shortly after being placed in detention centers and travel further west across the border with Serbia or Romania.
Every week in Sofia, the police detain dozens of migrants, mostly Afghans.
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