Migrants trying to reach Europe gather outside the Turkish city of Edirne, which borders European Union members Greece and Bulgaria, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
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Bulgaria began deploying up to 1,000 troops Thursday to buttress its southeastern border with Turkey with hundreds of migrants stranded for a third day on the Turkish side, a senior official said.The move followed an overnight attempt by 660 migrants to cross into Bulgaria illegally, Kostov said, adding Bulgarian patrols spotted the trespassers and alerted Turkish authorities, who turned them back at the border.EU member Bulgaria has already sent more than 1,000 extra police to its porous 260-kilometer (160-mile) Turkish border and sealed part of it with a 30-kilometre razor-wire fence that is being extended.Interior Minister Rumyana Bachvarova told private Nova television Thursday the country would keep registering asylum-seekers rather than letting them continue their journey unhindered.Bulgarian parliament meanwhile amended the country's penal code, stiffening punishment for people smugglers who now risk up to six years in jail and a fine of up to 20,000 leva (10,220 euros, $11,570) if they help trespassers over the border or ten years jail for transporting migrants plus larger fines.
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