Latest information on the problem of Bulgarian citizens who went to work as blueberry-pickers in Sweden without labour contracts22 July 2012
The Bulgarian Embassy in Sweden is in close contact with the police and social services in Stockholm and is seeking a solution to the problem of Bulgarian citizens who went to work as blueberry-pickers in Sweden without having labour contracts. Eighteen Bulgarians from the group were this afternoon found in front of the Bulgarian Embassy in Stockholm. They have been sleeping in a bus provided by local authorities. The Embassy is supplying them with food, water and coffee at least twice daily.
Six people from the group travelled to Bulgaria today and the departure from Stockholm of a further nine tomorrow, July 13, is being organised. Efforts are being made to add three remaining people to this group. Yesterday, 10 people were sent to Bulgaria.
The Embassy has assisted most of the group to receive money from relatives to purchase tickets. Their departure is expected to be organised at the earliest opportunity.
On July 20, the Bulgarian Ambassador in Stockholm, Svetlan Stoev, held a meeting with a representative of the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at which detailed discussions were held on the situation of Bulgarian workers, the attitude of Swedish social services to the problem and the finding of solutions to the particular situation. Also discussed were measures to prevent a repeat of the situation with other Bulgarian workers.
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