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Recent Changes in Migration Movements and Policies: Bulgaria

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Migration from and to Bulgaria appears to have increased markedly in 2006 and 2007 in light of Bulgaria's accession to the European Union on 1 January 2007. However, the impact on outflows has been somewhat more limited than expected. Emigration had already accelerated following the liberalisation of the visa regimes for Bulgarian citizens since 2001. Postaccession labour migration from Bulgaria has mainly concentrated in the Southern European countries Spain, Italy and Greece ‐ in spite of the fact that none of these countries have fully opened their labour market to Bulgarian nationals. There are some indications, however, that many of the Bulgarian nationals concerned were already in these countries prior to accession.
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Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2008-09-01

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