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Bulgaria has given 561 people refugee status since the start of 2017

Bulgaria has given 561 people refugee status since the start of 2017
A total of 561 foreign citizens have been granted refugee status by Bulgaria's State Agency for Refugees between January 1 and July 31 2017, according to the agency's figures.

A further 683 people were given humanitarian status by Bulgaria's authorities.

The State Agency for Refugee figures show a drastic decline in the number of people seeking protection in Bulgaria in comparison with a few years ago.

In 2014, refugee status was given to 5162 people. The number dropped to 4708 in 2015.

In 2015, a total of 20 391 people were recorded as applying for protection in Bulgaria, while in 2016, the number was 19 418.

According to the agency, so far in 2017 a total of 2462 foreign citizens have had their applications for refugee status refused.

Most of those who enter Bulgaria seeking refugee status are from Afghanistan, followed by Syrian, Iraqi and Pakistani citizens./IBNA

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