The Bulgarian government has built a 19 mile (30 kilometer) razor fence along the most vulnerable part of its border with Turkey in an attempt to stem the nonwhite invasion of its territory.
The 10 foot high fence is expected to be ready by February. It will run mainly through forested, hilly areas where visibility for border patrols is limited.
“The number of incoming illegal immigrants in Bulgaria has now been reduced several times,” Defense Minister Angel Naydenov told a news conference in the border village of Golyam Dervent.
“We have enhanced the border patrols, had additional activities in border surveillance, backed by the presence of the troops right here (in the village of Golyam Dervent).
“I’d like to add something else. No illegal immigrants have entered Bulgarian territory in that particular controlled area.”
More than 11,100 refugees, most of them Syrian, have entered Bulgaria illegally this year, crossing the porous 170-mile border with Turkey, and the country has faced an influx of migrants that far outnumbers its capacity.
Bulgaria’s three refugee facilities were quickly overfilled. Authorities hastily opened four more shelters in dilapidated former schools or deserted army camps, like the one in Harmanli, where 1,254 Syrian and Afghan refugees are registered.
The Bulgarian government has also deployed hundreds of extra soldiers and police, equipped with thermal imaging cameras, to stop invaders bypassing border posts.
Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev, who is also deputy prime minister of Bulgaria, told reporters that refugee claim processing would be sped up, the capacity of the crammed shelters would be increased, and immigrants deemed to have arrived for purely economic reasons would be more quickly deported.
As Bulgaria is now part of the EU, there is freedom of movement throughout those member nations, which means that once the invaders have penetrated one state’s borders, it is possible for them to move quickly to another—and draw “asylum” or “refugee” benefits in several states, as has been revealed in several high-profile court cases.