Update to TUR22758.E of 18 January 1996 on Bulgarian Turks in Turkey [TUR22962.E]

For additional information on this subject, please consult the attached newspaper articles.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.


The Associated Press (AP). 28 September 1989. Roland Prinz. "Bulgarian Turks Caught Between Assimilation at Home, Hardship in Turkey." (NEXIS)

BBC Summary of World Broadcasts. 26 September 1992. "Government Criticised Over Emigration by Ethnic Turks on a Mass Scale." (NEXIS).

_____. 1 January 1990. "Minister Says Problem of Turks from Bulgaria "Substantially Resolved"." (NEXIS)

_____. 24 August 1989. "Turkey Former Prime Minister Condemns Government Ban on Bulgarian Deportees." (NEXIS)

The Chicago Tribune. 11 February 1990. Stephen Franklin. "Ethnic Turks Hope Change is for the Better in Bulgaria." (NEXIS)

The Financial Times. 31 October 1989. Jim Bodgener. "Turkey Unhappy with Pace of Bulgarian Peace Talks." (NEXIS)

The New York Times. 7 January 1990. "Upheaval in the East: Bulgaria; Thousands of Slavs, Defying Sofia, Continue Anti-Turkish Protests." (NEXIS)

The Washington Times. 30 April 1992. Elmo Zumwalt Jr. "Turnaround in Bulgaria." (NEXIS)