Biding time in Bulgaria

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A Pakistani man who says he fled violence in his home country waits with his wife and three children for the results of their request for asylum at the Special Home for Accommodation of Foreigners in Lyubimets, Bulgaria.

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Jodi Hilton

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    A Bulgarian guard tower overlooks the border between Bulgaria and Turkey. Some cold war fences on the Bulgarian side are used for animal control but much of the border is unfenced.

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    Jodi Hilton

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    Seven children, including two siblings from Kazakstan are among 64 detainees at the newly opened Special Home for Accommodation of Foreigners in Lyubimets, Bulgaria.

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    Jodi Hilton

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    A Pakistani man who says he fled violence in his home country waits with his wife and three children for the results of their request for asylum at the Special Home for Accommodation of Foreigners in Lyubimets, Bulgaria.

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    Jodi Hilton

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    A Syrian Kurd who, along with his wife, has been detained for two months in Lyubimets, Bulgaria shows how his feet were damaged by walking two days to cross into Bulgaria. He says the two escaped from Syria when their families opposed their marriage.

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    Jodi Hilton

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    In the hallway of the newly opened Special Home for Accommodation of Foreigners in Lyubimets, Bulgaria, an undocumented immigrant looks out the window.

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    Jodi Hilton

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    Bulgarian border control officers have special magnifying scanners which allow them to check for fraudulent passports at the Kapitan Andreevo border with Turkey.

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    Jodi Hilton

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    A group of immigrants, among the 64 detainees at the newly opened Special Home for Accommodation of Foreigners in Lyubimets, Bulgaria, play pool to pass time. Awaiting asylum are immigrants from Somalia, Mongolia, China, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Albania and Libya.

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    Jodi Hilton

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    Detainees are given space to play soccer outdoors at the newly opened Special Home for Accommodation of Foreigners in Lyubimets, Bulgaria.

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    Jodi Hilton

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    Detainees often spend a few months at the newly opened Special Home for Accommodation of Foreigners in Lyubimets, Bulgaria before being either deported or transferred to a lower security facility as they await asylum.

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    Jodi Hilton

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    A Bulgarian border control officer checks the oxygen levels inside a truck, a way of determining if humans are being trafficked across the border from Turkey at Kapitan Andreevo.

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    Jodi Hilton

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    Bulgarian border control officers carry contraband off a train arriving from Turkey in Svilengrad, Bulgaria. Trafficking in cigarettes and alcohol is common.

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    Jodi Hilton