Bulgarian asylum for the skeptics. Germany flees here “from dictatorship”

  • Korona-emigrants organize trips through groups on the Telegram platform. They say they are “multi-generational community”
  • They are fleeing from Germany the imposed restrictions, opposing Bulgaria against them. Here “they can make their common dream come true: to live in a country where you don’t need to wear masks”
  • The doctor from Burgas does not spare them criticism: it is actually a crime, a great irresponsibility towards himself and others – claims
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The place that German crown-skeptics like the most is the gated and guarded apartment complex “Château” in the village of Achełoj in the Burgas region. You can see cars with registration from Bavaria, Berlin or East Frisia – writes “Der Spiegel”.

In the Telegram group, they call themselves “German immigrants in Bulgaria” and reluctantly agree to talk to journalists. They say they are “a multigenerational community”, including retirees. For now, there are around 60 expatriates from Germany and Austria living in “Château”, soon there will be 100 of them. “There are more and more people who just want to get away from the C-19 madness,” they say.

In discussions on Telegram they claim, inter alia, that “the deceitful and hypocritical political and media system in Germany must be destroyed”. They emphasize that “many Germans without vaccinations are increasingly afraid of being excluded” and forcibly vaccinating children.

Korona-emigrants organize trips via Telegram. “In Bulgaria, one of the poorest EU countries, they buy or rent real estate, preferably on the Black Sea coast between Burgas and Varna,” writes “Der Spiegel”. “Here they can make their common dream come true: to live in a country where masks do not need to be worn, and people who are not vaccinated can be served in restaurants without any problems.” Newcomers from Germany are also attracted by the local climate (temperatures around 20 degrees C in the shade at the beginning of December) and cheaper living.

However, the statistics on Covid-19 in Bulgaria are “like from a horror movie” – noted “Der Spiegel”. With over 4,000 deaths per million inhabitants, Bulgaria has the highest coronavirus death rate of any EU country. Almost one in ten people in the country has already been infected, and the vaccination rate is only 30%.

The Germans, in their “fortress with a swimming pool and tennis courts”, believe that the attitude of the Bulgarians is “invigorating”. Ines, an elderly lady from Berlin-Lichtenberg, traveled to Achełoj without vaccinations to “escape the dictatorship”. Now he lives in a small apartment for 232 euros a month.

Other expats emphasize that in Bulgaria it is easier to stay “off the radar” of the authorities, which are less vigorous than Germany in enforcing pandemic laws. “I don’t know if there is a global conspiracy behind all this, but one thing is for sure: life in Germany used to be freer,” says one of them, adding that “life during the pandemic in Bulgaria is much calmer.”

Masks must be worn when shopping in Lidl, where you can buy Black Forest ham and German beer. But in smaller shops and many restaurants, the approach to regulations is more relaxed, which German emigrants consider to be “a piece of regained freedom” – there is no lockdown, no need to keep social distance or curfew.

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Doctor Swietosław Todorow from the University Hospital in Burgas cannot understand the attitude of emigrants from Germany. “It is actually a crime, a great irresponsibility towards oneself and others.” It highlights the difficult conditions under which the covid unit at the hospital is operating: there are 108 beds, and “really serious cases in the intensive care unit”. “People of all ages, half-naked, only in diapers are connected to respirators” – says the doctor.

“German-speakers know how to help each other. One recommends a doctor who is critical of vaccinations, the other knows a pizzeria where waiters warn unvaccinated guests well in advance about police checks. The third recommends restaurants, bars, thermal baths, saunas, which are still open to all because they belong to different mafia structures or politicians, “Der Spiegel describes.

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