One in ten people of the nearly 30,000 people who moved to Bulgaria from abroad in 2018 came from Russia, according to data released by the National Statistics Institute in April 2019.

The highest share of immigrants come from Turkey (29.9%), the Russian Federation, 11.0% and Germany 7.2%.

A total of 29,559 people have immigrated to the country; they are mostly Bulgarian citizens who have returned to the country as well as citizens of other countries who have been granted a permit or a residence status in Bulgaria, NSI said.

Among them, 35.5% are in the 20-39 age group and 27.6% are aged 40-59. The youngest immigrants (under 20) are 19.0% and the oldest (aged 60 and older) - 17.9%.

The statistics on the number and countries of origin of third-country nationals (TCN) coming to Bulgaria largely confirm the prognoses made by the experts of the INTEGRA project. In 2018, the experts elaborated City Integration Agendas outlining future scenarios and respective short- and medium-term interventions for the local government in Sofia to improve integration policies and practices.