Should I Stay or Should I Go?

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Should I Stay or Should I Go? Many of the young Bulgarians leave the country as they see no future and no opportunities here. What bothers the nation is who is responsible for that negative trend that has overwhelmed Bulgaria’s society. Photo by Gergana Kostadinova (novinite.com)

By Nadya Dimitrova

"Why should I stay in Bulgaria? What could I possibly do here?" This is what Martina, a 21-year old student, said when I asked her whether she sees her future in Bulgaria. Most of the young Bulgarians are determined to leave the country as soon as possible.

The question is why? Why would Bulgarians look for their future in a foreign country away from their friends, relatives, and home? As Bulgaria's young generation is about to dwindle and the country faces the danger to "become a place without future".

A lot of surveys have been carried out and many researchers have tried to explain the negative trend that has overwhelmed Bulgaria's society. However, the complicated words and terms they use are actually lacking sense for most of us!

Still figures are quite meaningful and show things that words cannot express: One million young Bulgarians have emigrated since the fall of communism in 1989, 840,000 of them were aged up to 29. The bulk of Bulgarian emigrants left for Germany (25 percent), followed by the US and Spain.

People have been asking who is responsible for that, who is to be blamed? And those who attempt the answer are split in two. "It's the government's fault. It played the key role in destroying the country by casting out our children. Those politicians do nothing for the future of Bulgaria", says Maria (55) whose daughter left 6 years ago for US in search of a better life.

Other people say that those Bulgarians that make up their mind to leave are actually to be blamed, as they do nothing for their own country. "They should stay here and work for a better future," Diyan (24) says when talking about Bulgarian emigrants. "We are the ones responsible for our country, those people simply run away as they do not have the courage and the desire to work for their country", he explains animatedly.

Many social scientists have tried to explain the trend with the fact that after almost 40-year long communist ban on outward travels, many Bulgarians decided that it was high time to explore life abroad. They yearned of no bans, good pay, nice houses and what is most important security! But at what price?

Ivan (42) was one of those who left Bulgaria right after the communist regime succumbed. "I decided to go to America as I thought I would have a better life. What really urged me was the American dream. I was sure I would simply go there and at once I would be rich and famous. However, it turned out I was a complete stranger there. I had no friends, no relatives, I was Mr. Nobody!"

What bothers Bulgarians most is the fact that the people with bright ideas leave the country, people capable of helping the country overcome the crisis it has been stuck into for almost 14 years now, the crisis that seems to squeeze all hope out of the nation.

However, Bulgarian has managed to preserve its patriotism over the 1300 years of its existence despite all the difficulties and obstacles it has encountered. Though many young people make up their mind and leave Bulgaria in search of something better, their homeland remains in the heart. So if we ponder for while we would find out at least one thing good about emigration: Bulgaria is enlarging and it is now as big as the entire world.

Risking to sound a bit nationalistic I should say Bulgaria is a country that has a lot to offer to its people but they are the ones to find Bulgaria's treasures and present them to the world. And one last thing before making up your mind for leaving - try to discover Bulgaria's beauty before going abroad to find out the treasures of other foreign countries, you will find out that there is at least one thing that is worth it in this currently absolutely "messed up" country!
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