17% of Refugees in Bulgaria Employed

17% of refugees staying in Bulgaria have found employment as of now, a significant drop from last year.

The data covers all centers of the State Agency for Refugees in Bulgaria. 270 new candidates applied for refugee status since the start of 2018, most of whom are from Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq. The data was released by the chairwoman of the Agency, Petya Parvanova. She reports that the employment of the refuges was around 55-60% in 2017 and 16% in 2016. She also assured that the situation in the shelters is calm.

According to a recent Eurostat study, the Afghans are the largest groups that seek asylum in Bulgaria. It’s troubling that the employment rates are down despite 2017 also being one of the years with least migrant flow. According to one report, the number of refugees was down by 80% in 2017.

Alex Dimchev

Alex Dimchev is a writer, editor, and weapons master for EUscoop.com

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