Patrolling with Impunity in Eastern Europe

Aleksandrina Ginkova Plovdiv, Varna, Asotthalom

Publicity-hungry migrant hunters are a symptom of bigger problems in Eastern Europe.

Volunteers patrolling Bulgaria's border area with Turkey. Photo: BIRN

The off-duty border guard was thin, tired and visibly nervous. He described his day, almost every day, on Bulgaria’s frontier with Turkey.

“Twelve-hour shifts, constantly moving. If you have to patrol, you cover 15, 20 kilometres.”

“They’re constantly changing routes. We catch them, we stop them; they move, we move. It’s a game of cat and mouse.”

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