Immigration Detention in Bulgaria

Bulgaria has recently experienced a vast increase in immigration and, having not been a country of immigration up to this point, has faced challenges in its unprepared migration and asylum system.

The political response to the increase in numbers of asylum seekers and undocumented migrants has been the use of immigration detention as the main tool of migration management, which could manifest with the current transposition and implementation of EU law. Civil society organisations in Bulgaria also highlight the urgent need for guarantees of basic safeguards with regards to effective remedies, including the right to information, the right to be heard, the maximum length of detention, and access to legal aid.

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