Only a tiny fraction of refugees in Bulgaria have found jobs

Of 4600 refugees in Bulgaria, just 19 have found jobs, going by official figures.

In the past four months, the 19 had signed contracts in various areas of the country with the assistance of Bulgaria’s Employment Agency.

Most jobs were in the garment industry, as tailors, knitting machine operators, cutters and sewing machine operators, while others were employed as cooks and hotel porters. In the garment industry, the average salary for the refugees was 800 leva, about just less than 400 euro.

Currently, at State Agency for Refugees centres, 2192 foreign refugees are housed, of whom 205 have formal refugee status, meaning that they have the same employment rights and obligations as Bulgarian citizens.

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