Bulgaria is the poorest EU member state. The average monthly wage is just £106. In contrast, the cost of running a household is £120 per month. This leaves one in eight Bulgarians living below the poverty line and 15% of children living in jobless households.
The knock-on effect of this lasting poverty and unemployment is increasing criminal activity, deteriorating health, a negative birth rate, emigration and corruption.
People at Risk
Bulgaria’s demographic and economic crises have put three groups of people particularly at risk:
- The Elderly
- The Roma Community
- One in 10 Bulgarians has no access to health care benefits.
- Mortality rates from chronic conditions have increased, as have deaths from trauma.
- Stroke mortality is six times the EU average.
- Only 55% of the cost of medical services is covered by the National Health Fund.