Stories from the field

The story of Narek. Bulgarian, Armenian or stateless, he is now in a detention centre for irregular migrants!

Narek arrives in Bulgaria when he is 6 months old with his mother and spends his entire life in Bulgaria. He is now 23 years old. His native language is Bulgarian, he graduated from a Bulgarian school and Bulgaria is the only country he considers his home. He is Bulgarian by all natural laws, but in the eyes of the law, he is residing illegally in Bulgaria. All his life, in all documents issued by the Bulgarian authorities, he has been regarded as a stateless person. The Bulgarian authorities are very well acquainted with his tireless dedication to pursue legal status to reside in Bulgaria.