Austrian Attempts to Return Migrants to Bulgaria Hindered by Untraceability

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Prime Minister Nikolai Denkov revealed that Austria's attempts to return migrants to Bulgaria, in accordance with the Dublin Agreement, have encountered substantial difficulties, with the majority of the migrants being untraceable.

Responding to inquiries from "Vazrazhdane" MP Stanislav Stoyanov regarding the number of migrants accepted back to Bulgaria, Prime Minister Denkov disclosed that only 113 migrants have been successfully returned from Austria to Bulgaria thus far under the Dublin Agreement.

The Dublin Agreement mandates that Bulgaria and Romania promptly accept asylum seekers for whom they are responsible. However, despite Austria's requests for the return of refugees, the actual number of transfers has been limited. Prime Minister Denkov noted that, out of 5,731 requests received for the period of January 1 to December 31, 2023, only 194 were actualized, resulting in the return of a mere 113 individuals.

Denkov highlighted the significant challenge posed by the untraceability of migrants, with notices from Austria indicating that 95% of the requested transfers could not be executed within the stipulated six-month period due to the migrants absconding or being unknown to Bulgarian authorities.

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