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European Commission


Brussels, 29 November 2013

European Commission grants €5.6 million in emergency funding to Bulgaria to address the increased influx of asylum seekers

The European Commission is providing €5.656.000 million in emergency funding from the European Refugee Fund to Bulgaria to support the country in managing the increased influx of asylum seekers and improve the situation on the ground for refugees.

The funding will be used, amongst others, to increase reception and accommodation capacity for asylum seekers, to secure their livelihood and to provide them with medical and psychological assistance.

Welcoming this decision, Commissioner Malmström said, "I am happy to announce that, in the framework of the efforts put in place by the European Commission to support EU countries confronted with increasing asylum and migratory pressure, we are making €5.6 million available to the Bulgarian authorities. The emergency funding will ease the situation on the ground for asylum seekers and refugees who have fled their countries and will help the Bulgarian authorities to finance urgent measures for accommodation and reception as well as the provision of immediate health care and assistance".

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