University of agribusiness and rural development, International scientific and practical conference Bulgaria of regions 2018

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Opportunities for overcoming the demographic problems of the Bulgarian village
Aleksandar Davchev

Last modified: 2019-01-21


The serious imbalance between urban and rural territorial locations in terms of number, sex, age, educational and other structures of the population has a significant impact on the image of our country. The concentration of working population in cities and the depopulation of villages is a process that develops in its dynamics, and a retardation is hardly observed. The lack of opportunities for effective employment that can ensure a dignified existence of the individual, deprives the village of the opportunity to keep young people who prefer the migration instead the great amount of effort needed to survive on the ground.

The creation of new jobs is not a panacea, as the lack of educated personnel makes these efforts meaningless. There is a vicious circle that is not subject to self-regulation, but requires external help and intervention. It is not uncommon for local populations in certain locations to denied asking for or refuse or just find no sense of being helped because of lack of capacity, opportunity, confidence, long-term success, etc. From one moment on, it can be concluded that these problems could not be solved at macro level, but another approach would have to be devised, bringing the relevant specificities of each area on which it is intended to have an impact.


village, burnout, downshifting, settlement.

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