The Bulgarian Statistical Office reported that these figures confirm the “deepening of negative demographic trends” over the past 30 years. With the exception of the capital, Sofia, the population of all provinces has decreased. The statistics office attributed this decline to both a decrease in natural increase and immigration.

The demographic crisis in Europe

The birth rate in Bulgaria is declining and the main cause of the demographic crisis is the “continuous emigration of the educated and skilled of working age”. This is the result of a 2018 report on the demographics of Bulgaria by the German research center Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

Population decline is a trend that is echoed in other countries in Southern and Eastern Europe. For example, Macedonia lost about 10 percent. Population in the last 20 years.

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Source: The Washington Post