Boosting cooperation between Bulgaria and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in countering illegal migration to Europe was in the focus of a meeting between Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov and IOM Deputy Director General Laura Thompson in Sofia on Monday.
"We are glad that we managed to develop a new cooperation agreement which fully takes into account the current challenges in the field of migration," Mitov said.
He also said that the agreement will facilitate the creation of a working mechanism for cooperation in the implementation of programmes for assisted voluntary return and reintegration of third-country nationals, as well as for prevention and combating of trafficking and supporting the victims of trafficking.
Thompson and Mitov agreed that fighting the trafficking and smuggling of people is among the first and most important steps in tackling increased migratory pressure, according to a press release issued by the foreign ministry in Sofia.
Bulgaria coordinates its efforts to tackle illegal migration with other EU member states and improves its legislation on migration with the ultimate goal of creating conditions for respect of human rights, Mitov said.