The political changes in Bulgaria in November 1989, related to the fall of the totalitarian regime and the democratization of the country, are accompanied with processes dramatic for the majority of the population in Bulgaria. It was the severe economic crisis, high unemployment rate and the onset of acute social inequalities that led to intensive migration processes. The opening of borders was followed by various forms of transnational mobility affecting a significant part of the Bulgarian citizens. Very soon after the changes, the Karakachans, unlike other Bulgarian citizens, had easy access to entrance visas to the Republic of Greece. This context determined the increase in labour mobility affecting a significant number of the community members in only a few years. For most of them the cross-border labour mobility appears to be not only an additional option, but an essential strategy for realization in life. The subject of this study are the proper peculiarities of the work world of the Karakachans as labour migrants in Greece.

Keywords: labour mobility, work world in socialism, work world in postsocialism, work world in foreign environment.


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