Bulgarian wanderlust

Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union has announced that nearly 100,000 Bulgarians are working in other European countries. Unofficial statistics indicate a much larger number of Bulgarians working in the European Union – the guestimate is that half million a year go abroad to work, although this might partly be down to seasonal jobs.

According to Eurostat, nearly 30% of Bulgarians work in Spain, 15% in the United Kingdom, and 13% in Germany. Germany has the largest number of migrant workers within its borders, about 7 million are currently there. 6 million migrants live in Spain, 5 million in the UNited Kingdom, and 4 million live each in Italy and in France.

Since 2001 the number of migrants from Bulgaria has risen from 300,000 to more than 2.2 million in 2011. This is a seven fold increase and represents a large portion of the Bulgarian workforce.

There are between 4 to 5 million Turkish citizens living in EU countries in 2011. This makes them the largest group of migrant workers in the EU.

The statistics also shows that the economic crisis has had a significant effect on the number of people working part time. In 2011 about 20% of all workers in the EU worked part time.

Traditionally the Netherlands has the largest percentage of part-time workers – nearly 48%, as this has been a typical Dutch approach to having a flexible workforce, followed by the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Austria with over 25% of the workforce each.


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