Feb 17 2014
BULGARIA: African Muslim asylum seekers chant “racists,” “racists” to police who have kicked them out of refugee center for staying there illegally
From 2011 to 2013, mostly Muslim asylum requests have multiplied by eight-fold in Bulgaria, with over 7,000 people filing requests in the last year, according to the State Agency for Refugees. About 3,800 of them are accommodated in Bulgarias refugee centers; with another 3,700 not.
Observers France24 In the past few years, immigration both from Syria and from African countries has soared. Centre for Legal Aid in Bulgaria, says about 80% of those who come to seek their advice are from African countries: In the past year, out of all the cases of Africans her organization has worked on, only one person was granted asylum: And it was a special case she was a woman with serious health problems, which was a decisive factor.
This video was filmed on January 16 at Ovcha Kupel, the largest refugee centre in Sofia. It is home to approximately 800 asylum seekers, according to figures from the State Agency for Refugees. According to the local press, more than 70 people were forcefully evicted from the centre that day.