Bulgaria is unable to accept more economic migrants, while Europe is also “gasping”, Prime Minister Boiko Borissov said on September 4.
Borissov’s statement came a day after European Council President Donald Tusk, speaking before the G20 summit in Hangzhou, China, said: “the practical capabilities of Europe to host new waves of refugees, not to mention irregular economic migrants, are close to the limits”.
The Bulgarian Prime Minister, who on August 31 spoke on the phone with Tusk ahead of a meeting of EU leaders to be held in Bratislava on September 16, said that Tusk had practically confirmed his words that Europe should shut its external borders and admit only political migrants until the problems were solved.
Borissov said that Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov now had the task, at the next meeting with the foreign minister of Afghanistan, to raise the issue of the returning of Afghan citizens to that country.
“We spend 80 million leva a year to keep a contingent in Afghanistan, and at this time it is peaceful and calm there. Now it would be good for them to meet and keep their commitments. It is not possible for us to accept more economic migrants,” Borissov said.
Citizens of Afghanistan make up among the largest groups of people who cross the border into Bulgaria illicitly.