Bulgaria Approves Work Migration Agreement with Moldova
The Bulgarian government approved an agreement for work immigration between Bulgaria and Moldova signed in June this year.
The goal of the agreement is to strengthen the economies where there are workforce deficits. The changes make it possible for Moldavians workers to be hired in Bulgaria without special permission for 1 year with a possibility to extend that period to 3 years. Seasonal employment is also made easier for a 9-month period. In effect, the employed foreign workers will have the same contracts as the local ones.
Work migration laws have been a major topic of debate in Bulgarian politics. Many able-bodied Bulgarians choose to work abroad and send remittances back home, the sum of which amounted to €1.1 billion in 2017.