Annual report for status determination procedure in Bulgaria for 2021

This report is based on monitoring with a focus on the institutional framework and the effective interaction among the various state authorities, as well as on the legal and practical standards for conducting the procedures, as they are regulated in the Law on Asylum and Refugees, and the compliance thereof with the principles of international protection and the general legal standards in the asylum acquis of the European Union (acquis communautaire).

От 1 January – 31 December 2021 the monitoring was carried out by three lawyers, with a focus on the procedural actions at the territorial units of the State Agency for Refugees with the Council of Ministers, the individual administrative decisions issued on applications for international protection, and the court proceedings for examining appeals against such acts.

A total of 500 procedural actions were subject to monitoring, which conform to the same number of applicants for international protection, including 343 men, 53 women, 21 accompanied children (11 boys and 10 girls), and 83 unaccompanied children, including 81 boys and 2 girls.

The types of procedural actions monitored include:

  • 100 registrations
  • 250 interviews in the procedure for granting international protection
  • 100 decisions on applications for international protection issued by SAR
  • 50 court hearings on appeals against SAR’s decisions