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Commenting article: Bulgaria Will Work to Fight Population Decline - Social Min

Bulgaria's government is to adopt a set of measures to ensure the population will not fall below 7 million by 2030, Labor and Social Policy Minister Ivaylo Kalfin has said.

Kalfin, who is also Deputy Prime Minister in charge of demographic policies, has added that stimuli should be put forward to encourage family planning, and more options should be offered to combine career with raising children through flexible worktime.

He has warned that, unless new measures are adopted to fight the demographic crisis, the population might fall below 7 million by 2030, up from 7.2 million in 2014.

Some of the moves should be aimed at improving the quality of healthcare and education, he has argued.

Bulgaria's population is shrinking rapidly, (having been nearly 9 million at the end of the 1980s), partly due to the mass exodus of Bulgarians who have left the country since democratic changes began in 1989.

CIA estimates have placed Bulgaria at the bottom of both population growth rate and birth rate rankings.


VillaGuy - 31 Mar 2016 // 15:24:17

Sounds ambitious, but I like the estimates, why they use the CIA figures I haven\'t a clue though as they are far out. They estimated that the Bulgarian population in 2013 was 6.9million, with estimates made in 2011 I think, so the estimate was considerably wrong. More and more people are realising the promises of the Western European/American dream equate to near slave labour in the lowest of low end properties, unless the women become whores or you are educated far beyond normal (even then not a gaurantee), then life is better but degrading. People then realise that Bulgaria is actually a very good living environment and a country to be proud of. The last full set of figures I know of is 28,000 left the country in 2014, 26,000 returned. The grass is greener back home.

VillaGuy - 31 Mar 2016 // 15:47:21

I believe the changes can be brought about by an almost marketing strategy, a lot of the low birth rates are due to concerns that need to be alleviated. A strategy could include the increase in tourism to rural areas, an increase in expats from other countries viewing Bulgaria as a better place to live compared to their own, the realisations that the economy in Bulgaria is steadily improving, the fact that Sofia is at the minute known as a city of potential and exceptionally fast development. These facts need to be relayed to potential mothers as a reason that having a child in Bulgaria is good for their child(ren). There are a lot of emotional considerations to having a child, the negatives need to be corrected, after all Bulgaria is a promising environment and having children in Bulgaria is a good thing for their benefit.

Fr Jack Hackett - 1 Apr 2016 // 10:35:27

Why not encourage our experienced people currently working abroad to come back to Bulgaria by paying them decent salaries and removing the corruption which prevents people setting up their own businesses here. The EU has already planted the seed in politicians minds that Bulgaria should accept all these 'highly qualified migrants to fill the population gap, but by the time this country realises that most are totally illiterate and unemployable and cause serious social problems, we will be stuck with them - and it will cost us a fortune in cleaning up after them and paying them welfare, free housing and paying for the rest of their families to fly here to join them

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