Bulgaria to extend fence at Turkish border to bar refugee influx

January 14, 2015 1:48 PM

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Bulgaria to extend fence at Turkish border to bar refugee influx

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria said on Wednesday it would extend a barbed wire fence along its border with Turkey by a further 130 km (80 miles) in an attempt to prevent a growing number of refugees, mainly from Syria, entering the European Union member state.

However, the United Nations' refugee agency criticized the announcement by Prime Minister Boiko Borisov, saying it would endanger more lives and increase the role of human traffickers.

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