Alternatives to detention



Bulgarian Helsinki Committee

As an alternative to pre-removal detention, the law envisages daily reporting to the police, but it is not specifically targeting asylum seekers, rather all irregular third-country nationals.1 However, in the overwhelming majority of cases, an alternative to detention is not considered prior to imposing detention.2

The amendments of 2015 to the LAR also envisage bi-weekly reporting to the SAR as a measure to ensure “the timely examination of the application” or to ensure “the participation” of the asylum seeker.3 The LAR also envisages a limitation of freedom of movement in certain areas in the territory of the state by a decision of the SAR chairperson, where asylum seekers can be obligated not to leave and reside in other administrative regions (district or municipality) than the prescribed one (see section on Freedom of Movement).

  • 1. Article 44(5) LARB.
  • 2. See BHC, Detention Mapping report Bulgaria, October 2016, available at:, 21.
  • 3. Article 45a LAR.

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