As per data released by the National Statistical Institute (NSI), Bulgaria had a total of 31,587 non-European Permanent Residents in 2017. As compared to 16,205 PR holders in 2016, the number had almost doubled.
Bulgaria has been seeing a steady rise in the number of non-European Permanent Residents in the past few years. In the year 2014, Bulgaria only had 971 non-EU nationals as Permanent Residents. It saw a sharp rise in the numbers to 13,670 in 2015.
In a separate data release, NSI statistics showed that 3615 non-Europeans were granted PR or long-term residence in 2017 for family reasons. The most common family reason was being married to a Bulgarian citizen.
2591 people were granted PR for family reasons in 2014. The numbers went up to 2906 in 2015 and continued to increase to 3240 in 2016, as per The Sofia Globe.
Non-EU citizens who were granted permanent or long-term residence in Bulgaria to attend an educational institute totaled to 1267 in 2017. This number was 1067 in 2016, and 874, and 911 in 2015 and 2014 respectively.
As per NSI, 1822 non-EU citizens were granted PR for “remunerated activities” in 2017. These figures were not consistent over the years with 276 non-Europeans in 2016, 2251 in 2015, and 304 in 2014.
The number of non-Europeans being granted EU Blue Cards has also gone up significantly in Bulgaria. The EU Blue Card is a work permit which allows high-skilled non-EU nationals to live and work in any country in the European Union, excluding Denmark, the UK, and Ireland.
In 2014, the number of EU Blue Card holders in Bulgaria was just 46. The number increased to 95 in 2015 and 177 in 2016. The numbers have continued to rise with 242 non-EU citizens being granted the EU Blue Card in 2017.
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