Bulgaria Sends Letters to Bring Expats Home

The Agency for Bulgarians Abroad has started to write letters to Bulgarian expats urging them to come home.


bTV interviewed the agency’s chairman, Petar Haralampiev. He stated that there’s a tendency for Bulgarian expats to return home in order to seek a partner. Haralampiev also said: “Sadly, there are more Bulgarians living abroad than here.” The agency is organizing a forum for career development of Bulgarian expats in their home country, thus drawing them back in. The letters have been sent for more than 5 months now.

Haralampiev claims the letters are effective and that a large amount of Bulgarians have returned. bTV called Tatiana Christy, a Bulgarian woman who lives in San Francisco. According to her, the letters have no real effect, but some expats do return for various reasons, including lack of success abroad, and other personal motives. She also suggested that there should be major changes in Bulgaria if the country wants to get its expats back, mainly by increasing salaries, lowering corruption, removing party-assigned officials within the government, and the inclusion of competent people within the government. Christy stated that there are many Bulgarians abroad who would be suited for working as government officials.

Bulgaria is experiencing quite a shocking population decline considering the relatively stable situation within the country. Bulgaria’s population is one of the fastest-melting in the world.

Alex Dimchev

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

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