A poll at the end of September 2012 found that 14 per cent of Bulgarians surveyed wanted to leave the country for good, up from 11 per cent when the same question was asked in November 2009.
This is according to the Sofia-based National Centre for the Study of Public Opinion.
Of Bulgarians wanting to emigrate, the largest group – 25 per cent – were aged from 30 to 39.
Those most likely to want to quit the country were Bulgarians with higher education and the unemployed, the pollsters said.
Twenty-eight per cent of those polled said that they wanted to leave Bulgaria to work or to study abroad but without intending this to be a one-way trip. This figure had increased by three per cent since November 2009, the survey found. Of this group, 63 per cent were aged up to 29, 40 per cent from 30 to 39, 38 per cent were residents of Sofia and 50 per cent were unemployed.
The survey sample was 1000 adults in more than 80 cities, towns and villages, the pollsters said.