Sofia, July 13, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe
Close to 30 000 Bulgarians emigrated in 2015, mainly to Germany, the United Kingdom and Spain, according to a research institute at the Bulgarian Academy of Science.
Of the nearly 30 000, 25 per cent went to Germany, and 14 per cent each to the UK and Spain.
Emigration by Bulgarians in 2015 exceeded immigration to the country.
There were about 25 000 immigrants, mainly from Turkey and Syria, according to the Bulgarian Academy of Science.
The precise number of Bulgarian emigrants last year was 29 470, of which 52 per cent were men. More than two-thirds of emigrants were of working age.
According to the research institute, 43.6 per cent of Bulgarians who left the country in 2015 were aged between 20 and 39. Just more than 25 per cent were in the 40 to 59 age group.
About 17.5 per cent of emigrants were younger than 20.
Of the immigrants, adding up to 25 223, there were more men than women.
About 25 per cent of immigrants were from Turkey, 15 per cent from Syria and 14 per cent from Russia.
About 35 per cent were in the 20 to 39 age group, close to 30 per cent were aged 40 to 59 and 17.5 per cent were older than 60. About 17.2 per cent were younger than 20.
Within Bulgaria, “internal migration” continued in 2015, with close to 120 000 people moving from one place to another. The highest percentage was of people moving from a city to a village – 37.6 per cent.