Numbers of migrants in Bulgaria decreasing

TMP – 07/06/2017

During the last six months, the number of migrants in Bulgaria has decreased significantly, according to data released by the Bulgarian Ministry of Interior.

The fall is partly due to an increase in the number of migrants who are deported back to their home countries. From January 2017 to mid-May, a total of 1,007 migrants found to be staying in Bulgaria illegally were deported from the country. Of these, half were from Afghanistan. In addition, 547 people residing illegally in Bulgaria were arrested either while trying to enter or leave the country.

There has also been a reduction in the number of migrants making their way towards Bulgaria. While nearly 2,600 migrants were detained in Bulgaria in the first couple of months of 2016, this had fallen to 607 migrants during the same period in 2017.

If the current rate of deportations continues, it is estimated that by the end of 2017 the number of migrants in Bulgaria will have fallen to between 1,500 and 2,000 people.