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Number of Bulgarians wishing to emigrate increases threefold

Author: The Sofia Echo staff Date: Tue, May 17 2011 11 Comments, 3820 Views
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The number of Bulgarians wishing to leave the country permanently has increased threefold, the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) said in a statement on May 17 2011.

After the country joined the European Union in 2007, about 326 000 Bulgarians said that they wanted to leave the country. Back then, only one in five said that they wished to emigrate permanently, but over the course of the past four years, their number has "increased dramatically", the report said.

In 2011, the number of want-aways, according to the BAS report, was about 456 000 and nearly half of them said that they wanted to leave for good.

The demand for higher wages and a better life were the main factors behind Bulgarians' desire to leave their country. The economic crisis, rising unemployment, low wages and Bulgarians returning from abroad "influencing their friends" are some of the other reasons cited by survey respondents.

"The bad news is that more than half of those who said they wanted to go abroad, said they don't want to return, ever," Vesselin Minchev from BAS was quoted as saying by Dnevnik daily.

An increasing number of Bulgarians wish to immigrate to the UK and Germany despite the labour restrictions in place, not the traditional destinations like Greece, Spain and the US, the report said.

According to the BAS report however, only about 10 per cent actually "commit" themselves and do leave the country.

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    • Anonymous
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      #11 13, 54, Thu, May 19 2011

      The problem is that many able Bulgarians are leaving the country.
      What should be done is bringing labour to Bulgaria! And not to forget when I come from Holland to Sofia to work in a callcenter I get €1.500 a month and a Bulgarian only € 500 Talking about discrimination. This government as far as I can see does nothing to keep the Bulgarian workforce in Bulgaria.
      At this moment there are many problems in Holland because season workers from Romania and Bulgaria are blocked to pick strawberries and asparagus. My question is thgat if you [...]

      Read the full comment do this work in Holland a few years why not start this production in Bulgaria? 10.000 m2 in Holland bring a profit of € 35.000 for 5 month work!!!
      There are plenty opportunities I think

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      #10 01, 50, Wed, May 18 2011

      Cosmos this is a serious matter,live this stray dogs issues alone. Bulgaria is in trouble. I was in a village called Slavshita in Ogachi in january,to my surprise,i did not see a single youth or kids, no bakery nor hospital,houses are empty this is a big problem and the government is not showing any concern.

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      #9 01, 50, Wed, May 18 2011

      Cosmos this is a serious matter,live this stray dogs issues alone. Bulgaria is in trouble. I was in a village called Slavshita in Ogachi in january,to my surprise,i did not see a single youth or kids, no bakery nor hospital,houses are empty this is a big problem and the government is not showing any concern.

    • Anonymous
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      #8 23, 19, Tue, May 17 2011

      I dont care how many Bulgarians leave just take the bloody street dogs with you.

    • Anonymous neutral
      #7 22, 00, Tue, May 17 2011

      We are Belgians enyoing our pension in Bulgaria, from april till december, after 40 years of working hard. In the northeastern part of your beautiful country we made Bulgarian workers remont an old farmhouse. That house became a model for many other Belgian people who eagerly want to live and/or spend their holidays at the Bulgarian countryside -no longer at that Varna-Benidorm-seaside !
      But the problem is to find here SKILFULL building- and construction-craftsman. Everybody says to be a 'master'... There are a lot of opportunities for Bulgarians who want to work as long as they know their [...]

      Read the full comment job. Good work = good money !Complaining is easy; learning to do a job properly is an absolute must. And this is where the Bulgarian government must do something. And then those beautiful authentic Bulgarian farmhouses should not fall to pieces anymore...

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      #6 21, 46, Tue, May 17 2011

      And when you finally made it to wherever don't act like Bai Gano by killing labour markets like most of you did in Greece and in Spain by working for peanuts to get advantage of employment from private employees. Ask for contract and avoid working illegally because you r killing the economy of that country when you and your employer pay no tax. Some Bulgarians who have lived and have buisinesses in Greece and in Spain will try to employ and exploit you by paying you almost equivalent of what you get in Bulgaria. Remember you are not in Bulgaria [...]

      Read the full comment anymore where you are forced to work as slaves and take low wages. Learn transparency and stop this mentality of "DON'T SPEAK AND DON'T TELL" be wise as a serpent and bold like a lion. Good luck.

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      #5 21, 10, Tue, May 17 2011

      Once again, Watch has it correct. Bulgarians are their own worse enemies. So much potential at home, yet they are too lazy to develop their own country. Bulgaria could be the breadbasket of Europe, but that requires sweat and work. Better to whine and cheat that to work and pay an honest wage to your countryman.

    • Anonymous
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      #4 20, 41, Tue, May 17 2011

      Typically Bulgarian. We want everything, and we want it now, but only 10% are committed. And even less really move. Only the Turks go to find work in the West.

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    • Anonymous
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      #1 18, 11, Tue, May 17 2011

      This shows how inconpetent Bulgarian government is,not able to create jobs for half of its population since joining the EU, wages are the lowest in the EU, price of commodities is high,inflation is the rise. Shame on you, both past and present government. Bulgarians can go wherever they deem fit would help them build their future instead of being nationalists and work for thieves who are also friends of those in power for peanut. Ordinary Bulgarians will never get share from their national cake as long educated illiterate and ex hooligans remain in power. Wherever you go obey the laws [...]

      Read the full comment of that country. One good turn deserve another.

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