Over 100 refugees found in Bulgarian refrigerated truck

Around 130 refugees have been found in refrigerated truck in Bulgaria, all of their health in good condition

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Refugees prepare to board a train going to Serbia from the Macedonian-Greek border near Gevgelija, Oct. 25, 2015

Updated Nov 1, 2015

Around 130 refugees, most of whom were thought to be Syrian, were found in a refrigerated truck on Saturday on the Bulgarian border with Turkey, according to Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry, saying the lorry driver was arrested after the discovery.

A spokeswoman for the ministry said 38 men, 33 women and 58 children were discovered behind bottles of water at the border crossing of Kapitan-Andreevo. She also added that their health was in good condition and that there was nothing to be concerned about.

This attempt of these refugees trying to escape their homeland bears resemblance to another case with a more devastating outcome back in August, in where 71 refugees were discovered to be frozen to death in a refrigerated lorry that was designed to hold frozen food. The refugees froze to death after traffickers left the vehicle in Austria.

Bulgaria has been making roughly 100 arrests a day of refugees trying to enter the country secretively in order to avoid being discovered and consequently sent to camps waiting for an outcome to their requests of asylum.

To this day, the country has avoided the great influx of refugees that has been seen by neighbouring Greece, in which thousands of refugees have tried to access using dangerous crossings by sea.  

Though, authorities of Bulgaria expect an increase in arrivals just before winter, which has led police Saturday to make checks of roughly 6,000 vehicles and also arrest around 16 suspected traffickers, also 495 refugees within the nation.


TRTWorld and agencies