Asylum Seekers in Harmanli: The Food is Bad, And We Need Cleaning Ladies!

We’ve reported previously on the discontent and attempted rebellion at the asylum center in Harmanli, a town in Bulgaria. The news report below gives more details about the asylum seekers’ demands — better food, warmer quarters, but more than anything else, the right to cross the border into Serbia and thereby get that much closer to Germany.

The residents of Harmanli, on the other hand, are concerned about infectious diseases the culture-enrichers may be bringing with them.

Many thanks to Tanya T for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:


00:00   Another storyline: We are going to take you to Harmanli. Our man there is Dimitar Ivanov.
00:03   Yesterday a thousand people rebelled (a thousand of those living in the refugee center)
00:10   and wanted to leave the country. They wanted to continue on to Serbia.
00:13   The police barely restrained them. What is the situation at present?
00:20   We were assured that tonight all was extremely peaceful here after yesterday’s rebellion,
00:24   which was calmed down through negotiations. The migrants’ only demand
00:28   was actually to be allowed to leave Bulgaria for Western Europe.
00:31   The pretext for that were the bad conditions in the center, which actually are not all that bad.
00:35   Let’s first hear their demands in this reportage:
00:42   Hours after the protest the tension was quelled. But not the discontent of the refugees.
00:46   Habib is from Afghanistan. He arrived in the camp just six days ago,
00:49   and has already made up his mind that he doesn’t want to be here.
00:52   We want to…open the way to Serbia, because we want to go to Europe.
00:59   There is some problem, we come to Bulgaria, but we don’t want to go to…
01:04   again to Turkey, we want to go to Europe.
01:10   Habib is a software specialist. He wants to work in Western Europe.
01:14   Facility. I want to go to France. —You think you will live better there because it’s wealthier?
01:19   The same wish as the rest of the thousand-plus refugees who rebelled yesterday, pointing to
01:23   bad living conditions as a reason. In this camp are people from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan…
01:28   These are different people. There are many problems between us.
01:31   Our only option is to continue across the border.
01:34   We have problems; there isn’t enough food for everyone… The rooms aren’t cleaned and it’s dirty.
01:40   According to the migrants, the coming winter may turn out fatal for them,
01:44   though they have been housed in newly repaired buildings with heating.
01:48   It’s true that there are buildings and heating, but this is not sufficient to survive.
01:53   When winter comes and it gets cold we have no clothes to put on,
01:56   nothing to eat, no way to warm ourselves.
01:59   Women and children will become ill, we have no money.
02:02   There is no way we can stay here for six months…
02:05   Six months actually is the statutory period for the refugees to be granted a refugee status.
02:09   They demand that this happen right away, and that they be allowed to cross the Serbian border.
02:13   We are very angry at the policy of the EU.
02:16   If they open the borders, all who come here will reach the country they are heading for.
02:20   They threaten that their protest won’t be the last one.
02:23   Tomorrow we may protest again.
02:27   For now the negotiations continue and the tension has been eased,
02:31   but probably only temporarily.
02:37   There still are dozens of policemen here at the moment, perhaps you can see them behind us.
02:40   The situation is calm, but… The center’s Director, Mr. Dimitar Zahariev, is here with us.
02:45   Tell us first about those residential demands of the migrants, can they be fulfilled?
02:50   They want more food, they want women to clean the rooms, and they want to be warm. Are they cold?
02:55   At present a large part of their household demands are being fulfilled.
03:01   There is hot water, and as for food, each of them gets hot food three times a day.
03:10   You mentioned cleaning women for the rooms —
03:13   According to the Rules for Accommodation and Internal Order in the center,
03:19   the cleaners working here are only responsible for the hygiene
03:24   of the shared facilities and the center as a whole.
03:30   According to the same rules, everyone seeking protection is obliged to look after
03:34   both his own hygiene and the hygiene of the room.
03:39   Do they do that? Are the rooms clean? We have been inside when the premises were empty.
03:43   Now, of course, after this rebellion there is no way we can enter, but are the rooms clean?
03:47   People are different. Some maintain good hygiene, other not so good.
03:53   Are there grounds for their demands to leave the camp because they don’t feel good here?
03:57   And, we already know, but still, you say it,
04:00   Could they be allowed to leave for Western Europe, where they yearn to live?
04:04   At present this is not an option. We cannot give them free passage.
04:12   The Asylum and Refugees’ Law is clear: when an application for protection has been lodged,
04:18   there is a period in which the State Agency for Refugees must pass judgment
04:22   on whether the asylum application is well-grounded or not.
04:27   This protest, however, once again triggered tension among the residents of Harmanli.
04:31   Some of them are here with us. Tell us what worries you.
04:34   At present 3,000 refugees walk freely in Harmanli.
04:37   I’m here to represent the neighborhood next to the refugee center and its demands. —You live in
04:41   the apartment block next to the center… —Yes, I live very close by. Firstly, all the residents want
04:46   an enhanced police presence in the hours when people leave work, between 5 and 8pm in winter.
04:52   There are at least five gendarmerie trucks and nearly 80 men in uniform now. Is it always so?
04:57   Well, there is police presence. Not so much… but there is, there is…
05:02   However, we want an enhanced police presence in the dangerous areas.
05:07   Another thing: I’d like to ask the director, because the whole town
05:11   knows that there are diseases — malaria, scabies, lice…
05:14   What measures are being taken? Has enough been done, how to protect ourselves,
05:18   because they are everywhere — in the grocery stores, in other stores, we touch the same objects.
05:24   How to protect ourselves… What diseases are there in the camp, and how can the people
05:28   who live literally twenty meters from here protect their health?
05:33   At the moment there are no cases of the diseases the lady enumerated.
05:40   Five physicians are continuously at the center.
05:45   They look after the health of the inhabitants and make sure
05:48   there is no risk of an epidemic outbreak in Harmanli.
05:51   About scabies, it has been talked about by the locals for 2-3 weeks, and we know such cases exist.
05:56   They have been registered at health facilities.
05:59   We treat them. At the moment of their reception, those who come undergo a medical examination,
06:03   at which it could be noticed if they suffer from any disease.
06:09   The law obliges us to make an initial medical examination at their reception.
06:14   Treatment begins for all the diseases that have been diagnosed.
06:19   Have there been cases of death caused by diseases in the center during recent months?
06:23   We haven’t had such a case in our center.

6 thoughts on “Asylum Seekers in Harmanli: The Food is Bad, And We Need Cleaning Ladies!

  1. Er, so they don’t just want ‘cleaning people’, but cleaning LADIES!
    As if we didn’t know why…

    These so called ‘migrants/refugees’ have left a trail of filth wherever they have passed in Europe, and not one single country has demanded they clean up their own filth!

    Honestly, Europe…

    • Muslims will be moving into E. Europe, am waiting to hear how they will react to being invaded and setting up migrant camps everywhere, increasing crime, etc.

  2. This is totally unsurprising.

    Male members of the Ummah are looked after by their mothers until they get married whereupon they are turned over to the care of their wife.

    These self-sufficient tough guys would’ve lasted about 5 minutes on the Oregon Trail.

  3. The problem of locals is not so much the diseases, but the thefts, the migrants’ habit of defecating and urinating everywhere and the fact that they fight each other with knives in town. As one of the migrans says in the video, the different ethnic groups cannot stand one another – there was a mass brawl of 100 just recently, and I believe it started (again) because of some remark of an Iraqi towards an Afghan. If one of theirs is in conflict with someone from another group, the whole groups are in conflict with each other, and it gets … how to put it… multicultural.

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