February 2, 2023

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Investigation launched after reports of Bulgarian agents locking migrants in cages |  Abroad

Investigation launched after reports of Bulgarian agents locking migrants in cages | Abroad

The European border control agency Frontex launched an investigation after reports that Bulgarian police officers had locked migrants and refugees in cages. The United Nations has already expressed its concern.

An investigation by Lighthouse Report and various European media shows that in Bulgaria, on the border with Turkey, migrants and refugees have been locked in cages. This could have happened with the knowledge of the Frontex agents.

Frontex told AFP it takes the allegations seriously and will investigate them. The French newspaper Le Monde says it has pictures of the cage where the people were kept. Between mid-October and the end of November, no fewer than 34 people were in such a cage. The newspaper said the makeshift cage was “made of iron bars and strewn with rubbish, visible from the street”.

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Le Monde also spoke to four men, Syrian and Afghan, who said they were locked up when they were caught trying to enter Bulgaria.

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