Legislative Changes Open Some Paths to Legal Residence for Unaccompanied Minors and Stateless Persons in Bulgaria; Limit the Rights to Family Unity for Recognized Refugees

by Radostina Pavlova, radostinapav@gmail.com On April 12, 2019, the Bulgarian National Assembly voted in second reading to adopt a Bill to Amend and Complement the Law on Foreigners in R. Bulgaria (LFRB) (in Bulgarian). In addition to the LFRB, the Bill will see changes of some of the provisions of the Law on Asylum and…

The CLA’s Submission to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) Focuses on Rights of Migrant Detainees and Persons in Irregular Situations in Bulgaria

The Center for Legal Aid – Voice in Bulgaria was invited to provide input to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) for its upcoming session to examine the 6th report of Bulgaria. The meeting with NGOs will take place on 21 February in Geneva. In its submission, the CLA highlights six…

New Council of Europe Reports Find Shortcomings in Detention Procedures and Conditions in Bulgaria; Safeguards for Detained Children Weakened

by Andreas Aravossitas  The Council of Europe (COE) has recently published two reports on Bulgaria, after sending delegations in the end of 2017 to observe and report on the situation of asylum seekers, migrants and other foreign nationals in Bulgaria. These delegations produced two very enlightening reports on the current situation in Bulgarian administrative detention…

Detention Practices in Canada: a Comparison

by Andreas Aravossitas Canada is often regarded as an exemplary industrialized democracy that excels at handling immigration issues and is welcoming to refugees and migrants. The truth, however, is far from perfect in relation to detention of irregular migrants and asylum seekers. While there are certain areas where Canada’s immigration detention system appears to be fair,…

Center for Legal Aid – Voice in Bulgaria and BLHR with a Joint Statement on a Proposed Bill Regarding Detention of Foreign Nationals

Photo by Victoria Nicolova On 14.07.2017, Center for Legal Aid – Voice in Bulgaria (CLA) and Bulgarian Lawyers for Human Rights (BLHR) submitted to the Council of Ministers of Bulgaria a joint statement on the Bill to Amend and Complement the Ministry of Interior Act (the Bill), which was posted on the public discussion Internet…

UN Committee criticizes Bulgaria on detention of asylum seekers and urges the country to develop regularization measures for migrants

Photo: Victoria Nicolova The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)[1] adopted on 11 May 2017 its concluding observations on the combined twentieth to twenty-second periodic reports of Bulgaria. CERD welcomes some positive amendments of the national legislation, namely the amendments to the Law on Foreigners in 2013 to prohibit the detention…

“Migration – concepts, statistics, trends, distinctions, paranoia,” CLA – Voice in Bulgaria and BLHR in front of Radio “Binar”

Discussion with lawyers Yordanka Bekirska and Diana Radoslavova Hosts: Anelia Velinova and Vladislav Katsarski On March 30, 2017, attorney-at-law Yordanka Bekirska from “Bulgarian Lawyers for Human Rights” Foundation (BLHR) and attorney-at-law Diana Radoslavova of the Center for Legal Aid – Voice in Bulgaria (CLA), talked for an hour on the topic “Migration – terms statistics…