As they wait to be officially recognized as refugees by the authorities, the Syrians dream of starting over, either in Bulgaria or elsewhere in the EU. They ask for education, work and shelter.
Here are their stories.
"When I first came to Bulgaria, I wanted to stay here. But then I realized what the situation was really like here. It's miserable! I've been here for five months and all I got was this temporary residence card, the blue card. My family is still in Syria but there's no way I'd have them come to Bulgaria.
They'd better die there than come here! The system is not working! I'd rather be in any country that respects human rights. Any country out there. I know Germany accepts refugees, so I'd go there. I have close friends there who will help me find a job."
Text, video, photos and audio by: Damian Vodenitcharov
Design: Ilan Moss