The most profound changes in Bulgaria started after the great financial crisis of the late 1990s, when inflation was up to 1,000%. Ever since then Bulgaria has been booming. The construction and real estate industries, in particular, have enjoyed rapid growth. Especially the English and Irish are interested in buying old Bulgarian houses. The English Diaspora is already firmly anchored, even having its own newspaper, 'The Frontier Times'.
However, along with the money came corruption, too: Transparency International’s 2009 index ranked the country 71st, level with Greece and Romania, as the most corruption-affected countries in EU’s 27-member bloc.
People who have not been able to benefit from the upswing are the Roma people in particular. But programmes aimed at fostering education and enabling participation in the labour market are slowly being established.
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