The study measures the real effect of labour emigration on the Bulgarian economy through a research based on an original
econometric model, which helps assessing the effectiveness of measures to change this trend. When deciding what policies
to use, we will be able to assess the cost of the decisions and what extent of action the state can afford. The publication also includes a sociological research that defines the profile and motivational attitudes of potential economic emigrants. The results of that research provide an opportunity for policies to be developed for the prevention of labour emigration. In any case, such an approach would be more efficient and quicker to put into practice than a reversal of the flow of labour migration.