Rate of emigration by Bulgarians increases

The number of Bulgarians leaving the country is continuing to grow, according to the updated National Programme for Demographic Development.

In 2013, a total of 19,678 Bulgarians formally notified the authorities that they had changed their permanent residential address to a place outside the country.

This was 3063 more people than in 2012, and significantly higher than in 2011, when the figure was 10 161. However, it is not as high as the peak year for departures in recent times, 2010, when 27 708 Bulgarians left the country.

In the past year, 18 570 people, including Bulgarian and foreign citizens, have come to live in Bulgaria. Of these, most are men: 56.5 per cent.

Among those who came to the country, 43.3 per cent were in the 20 to 39 age group and 27 per cent were in the 40 to 59 age group. Those younger than 20 made up 13.4 per cent and over-60s accounted for 16.3 per cent.

According to National Statistical Institute figures, the population of Bulgaria as at December 31 2013 was 7 245 677 people.

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