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Bulgaria: Syrian and Iraqi Refugees on Hunger Strike

Categories: Eastern & Central Europe, Middle East & North Africa, Bulgaria, Iraq, Syria, Human Rights, Refugees

Bulgarian newspaper Dnevnik reports [1] [bg] that 25 asylum seekers (21 Syrians and four Iraqis) went on hunger strike to protest the slowness of the asylum-granting procedures at the detention center for foreigners in the Bulgarian village of Lyubimets. Comments to the Dnevnik article reflect the general indifference to the plight of refugees, as well as anti-immigrant and xenophobic attitudes.