15:54 GMT16 January 2021
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    Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe (162)

    The Bulgarian government's migrant policy provoked the unrest among refugees presently living in the Harmanli refugee center in south-central Bulgaria, Socialist Party leader Kornelia Ninova said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Earlier in the day, thousands of undocumented migrants from the Middle East and South Africa started a riot as the authorities put the camp into quarantine, locking the migrants inside, local media reported. According to media reports, the rioters threw stones at police officers.

    The riot erupted as a result of the "inadequate government policy on refugees", Ninova said, as quoted by the BTV channel.

    According to Ninova, there have already been complaints on the center’s various problems, including poor medical treatment, however no measures have been taken to improve the situation.

    Earlier this week, Bulgarian authorities decided to enforce a quarantine due to a threat that migrants may be the carriers of infectious diseases and may provoke their spread. However, after medical checks, the doctors reported that there was no danger of an outbreak of serious infectious diseases.

    Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe (162)


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