Migrant crisis: Bulgarian PM calls for tolerance

Migrant crisis: Bulgarian PM calls for tolerance

Sofia, September 14, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov has called for tolerance towards refugees, while saying that Bulgaria was effective in guarding its borders from people-traffickers and illegal migrants.

Meanwhile, the country’s Foreign Minister, Daniel Mitov, has said that countries that close their borders should try to find a way by which to control migration pressures. Mitov said that when it comes to human trafficking, it had to be admitted that there is much work to be done not only in Bulgaria but throughout the EU.

Speaking on September 13, Borissov said that hundreds of thousands of people were fleeing from slaughter, “and we should show more tolerance”.

Citing the example of Bulgaria having prevented in 1943 the deportation of Bulgarian Jews to Nazi Holocaust death camps, in which more than six million Jews were murdered, Borissov said that Bulgarians had shown their tolerance in the past.

Behaving as a civilised European country amid the current migration crisis would bring only benefits to Bulgaria in the future, Borissov said.

He said that Bulgaria was doing well in protecting its borders regarding trafficking of illegal migrants, thus protecting national security, and added that fighting terrorism was one thing, while showing humane attitude towards refugees was another.

Mitov, speaking on September 14, said that countries that close their borders should try to find a way by which to control migration pressures.

He said that Bulgaria has long done this, but the problem was human trafficking. “Not only do we control our borders but have a well-built system for registration and coordination with all the other EU member states,” Mitov said.

“The problem is that when we talk about human trafficking we must admit that there is much work to be done not only in Bulgaria but throughout the EU. This is a chilling phenomenon, which we have to fight hard in the maximum way. And that is why I have called several times on all EU member states to pay very close attention to this and to build systems that increase the criminal liability for people who engage in this kind of activity.”

Mitov said that the refugee crisis is very serious and all EU member states are obviously attempting to find a way through which to control their borders and migration pressure.