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More Bulgarians work abroad than at home, new data indicate.
The state-run Bulgarian News Agency (BTA) revealed the figures at a meeting of Bulgarian journalists from around the world in Athens earlier this month, Novinite reported.
The domestic work force numbers 2.2 million, while 2.5 million Bulgarian-born people are working abroad, data from the National Statistical Institute and the Economics Institute of the Bulgarian Academy of Science show.
That work force is part of a diaspora the Foreign Ministry estimates at 3 million, many of whom have left since the end of communism 25 years ago, Novinite says.
Emigration rates have fallen significantly since the 1990s. In this decade, the number of emigrants has ranged between 13,000 and 24,000 annually, a BTA official said. Fifty-five percent of recent emigrants were aged between 20 and 29.
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