Illegal refugee shelters discovered at Europe’s external borders | Abroad
Although rumors of lawless detention centers have been circulating for some time, journalists have now shown that these places really exist. Hundreds of refugees testified at the secret locations.
Footage from the Bulgarian town of Sredets shows that several people have been locked in a sort of hangar with steel bars. According to reporters, some had been there for days and there was not always enough food and drink.
In Hungary, refugees were locked in shipping containers, where some had to spend the night. There too, they did not always have enough to eat and drink. The guards also attacked the refugees with pepper spray.
The containers were then brought back to the Serbian border. There, reporters discovered a commonly used pushback route between Hungary and Serbia.
In Croatia, refugees were trapped for hours in overheated and overcrowded vans. A woman from Afghanistan told reporters that she and 20 people were in an eight-seater van. Among them were young children.
EU contributes to illegal locations
According Lighthouse reports These are not incidents at the border. Investigators found that the Bulgarian site was co-administered by Frontex staff. These border guards work for the European Union.
European money also goes to illegal detention. Bulgaria spent around €170,000 of EU funds in 2017 to renovate the police station in Sredets. That’s where the barn is. And the Hungarian buses used for pushbacks were bought in 2017 with 1.8 million euros from the EU. In addition, the EU has provided hundreds of millions to border authorities in Bulgaria, Hungary and Croatia.
Refugees have often been returned from uncovered places to the European external border, even though they are entitled to an asylum procedure.
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