Embassy denies berry-pickers transport home
After hundreds of berry-pickers from Bulgaria came to Sweden but were left stranded in squalid camps in the countryside without work, the Bulgarian government provided buses to transport them home. Now 20 more Bulgarians have showed up at the embassy in Stockholm, but will receive no help getting home.
On Monday night, the 20 berry-pickers arrived from the county of Tierp, where some hundred other berry-pickers had set up camp in the forests in July.
Concern over the fact that the berry-pickers had been lured to Sweden with false promises of work, and over the poor conditions they were living in caused headlines last month. Droves of Bulgarian berry-pickers then arrived to Stockholm to seek help from the embassy.
While the embassy organized buses to transport its stranded nationals back to Bulgaria in July, the 20 people who now need help getting home have been advised to seek it from their relatives in Bulgaria.