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People displaced by the conflict in Syria stay in improvised shelters in the gymnasium of an abandoned school. The school served as a reception center, providing temporary accommodation for newly arrived refugees. The number of asylum-seekers crossing the border from Turkey into Bulgaria rose sharply during 2013, to around 8,000. Most came from Syria or Afghanistan. Bulgaria, one of the poorest countries in the European Union, struggled to cope with the influx. The reception center had no heating or hot water, and the government could offer those living there no food or healthcare. Countries worldwide offered only 18,000 places to the nearly 2.4 million Syrian refugees.
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