In this section we publish the most important acts of the asylum legal framework under Bulgarian law, European Union law and International Law. Moreover, you will find information notes on obstacles to access to rights by refugees in practice in Bulgaria. Finally, there is a list of links to other valuable resources of knowledge about the legal standards for asylum seekers and refugees. 

LEGAL FRAMEWORK

BULGARIAN LEGISLATION

BG – Law on Asylum and Refugees

EU LEGISLATION

Qualification Directive – Directive 2011/95/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 December 2011 on standards for the qualification of third-country nationals or stateless persons as beneficiaries of international protection, for a uniform status for refugees or for persons eligible for subsidiary protection, and for the content of the protection granted

Asylum Procedures Directive – Directive 2013/32/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 on common procedures for granting and withdrawing international protection

Reception Conditions Directive – Directive 2013/33/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 laying down standards for the reception of applicants for international protection

Dublin Regulation – Regulation (EU) No 604/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 establishing the criteria and mechanisms for determining the Member State responsible for examining an application for international protection lodged in one of the Member States by a third-country national or a stateless person

Eurodac Regulation – Regulation (EU) No 603/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 on the establishment of ‘Eurodac’ for the comparison of fingerprints for the effective application of Regulation (EU) No 604/2013 establishing the criteria and mechanisms for determining the Member State responsible for examining an application for international protection lodged in one of the Member States by a third-country national or a stateless person and on requests for the comparison with Eurodac data by Member States’ law enforcement authorities and Europol for law enforcement purposes, and amending Regulation (EU) No 1077/2011 establishing a European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice

Long Term Residents Directive – Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25 November 2003 Concerning the Status of Third-Country Nationals Who are Long-Term Residents

Directive 2011/51/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 May 2011 amending Council Directive 2003/109/EC to extend its scope to beneficiaries of international protection

EASO Regulation – Regulation (EU) No 439/2010 of The European Parliament and of The Council of 19 May 2010 establishing a European Asylum Support Office

INTERNATIONAL LAW

See more at refworld.org 

Convention (1951) and Protocol (1967)  Relating to the Status of Refugees 

PUBLICATIONS AND OTHER MATERIALS

FAR’s specialized website: refugees.farbg.eu Improving Access to Rights of Refugees in Bulgaria by Raising Awareness and Knowledge

Information Note on Access to the Asylum Procedure in Bulgaria, January 2012, Dr Valeria Ilareva

Information Note on Criminalization of Refugees in Bulgaria, June 2013, Dr Valeria Ilareva

Information Brochures for asylum seekers and status holders in Bulgaria, available in Bulgarian, English, French, Arabic, Farsi, Urdu and  in Somali language for asylum seekers in Bulgaria

Refugee Law Reader

European Country of Origin Information Network

Gyulai, Gábor, Country Information in Asylum Procedures – Quality as a Legal Requirement in the EU (2011)

www.refworld.org

EU law on reception and procedure of asylum seekers who are victims of trauma and torture. Application in Bulgaria (May 2013) (PPP in Bulgarian language)

Anthony Good and Tobias Kelly, Expert country evidence in asylum and immigration cases in the United Kingdom – Best Practice Guide (July 2013)

UNHCR, Guidelines on the Applicable Criteria and Standards relating to the Detention of Asylum-Seekers and Alternatives to Detention (October 2012)