The law stipulates that the Bulgarian state grants humanitarian status to a foreigner forced to leave, or to stay outside his/her country of origin because of facing a real danger of severe encroachment in this state, such as death penalty or execution, torture, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Humanitarian status is also granted in the event of an armed conflict, where the population of a particular country is affected by a serious and personal threat to a civilian’s life or person by reason of indiscriminate violence in a situation of international or internal armed conflict.

Therefore, a foreigner must meet the requirements and grounds laid down in the law in order to receive humanitarian status in Bulgaria.

Upon receiving humanitarian status, a foreigner acquires the rights which the Bulgarian legislation guarantees to the beneficiaries of this status.