Access to the labour market

Bulgaria

Author

Bulgarian Helsinki Committee

Currently, the LAR allows for access to the labour market for asylum seekers, if the determination procedure takes longer than 3 months from the submission of the asylum application.1 The permit is issued by the SAR itself in a simple procedure that verifies only the duration of the status determination procedure and whether it is still pending.

Once issued, the permit allows access to all types of employment and social benefits, including assistance when unemployed. Under the law, asylum seekers also have access to vocational training.2

In practice, however it is difficult for asylum seekers to find a job, due to the general difficulties resulting from language barriers, the recession and high national rates of unemployment.

  • 1. Article 29(3) LAR.
  • 2. Article 39(1)(2) LAR.

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