Migration trends in Bulgaria continue to be characterized by clearly expressed emigration pattern that is an integral part of the labour mobility within the European Union. At the same time, the importance of the national policies and measures related to immigration for social and economic integration of migrants, which Bulgaria as an EU member state should apply, is growing. Both of these migration aspects reveal direct and indirect linkages to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and are bound to achieve the corresponding national targets.
This political document builds upon the main findings of the migration and mobility Monitoring Report and Case Studies prepared and published by the Bulgarian Platform for International Development in 2020. It seeks to shed light on the linkage between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the economic migration as well as labour mobility in particular. In order to achieve that, this political document is based on available statistical data, desk research, and in-depth interviews with Bulgarian citizens who live outside the country and foreign citizens residing in Bulgaria. The current document presents briefly the national context, elaborates on the country-specific challenges and comes up with several concrete recommendations for reducing inequality and better utilizing benefits resulting from migration in the broad context of United Nations’ SDGs.