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Title: Bulgarian passports: existential necessity or identity crisis?
Authors: Avirovikj, Irena 
Keywords: passports, crisis, identity, visa, migration.
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Faculty of Philosophy, Skopje
Source: Avirovikj, I. "Bulgarian passports: existential necessity or identity crisis?". The Sociological Review.
Journal: The Sociological Review
Conference: International Scientific Conference "Facing Social Traumas: A Challenge for Sociological Research"
Abstract: The introduction of the Schengen visa regime - as a defence mechanism to prevent immigration in the European Community - imposed restriction on the mobility to the ex-Yugoslav countries, which used to travel freely before its brake up in 1989. However, the imposition of the visa regime did not prevent migration from the Western Balkan countries. On the contrary, it augmented illegal ways to cross the border and incited many citizens to apply for a foreign passport. Prior the visa liberalization granted to Western Balkan countries in 2010, an increased demand of Bulgarian passport was noted by citizens from Macedonia. This phenomenon picked notably after Bulgaria entered the EU in 2007. This paper will focus on Bulgarian passport acquisition by Macedonian citizens seen as a tool of free movement within the Europe Union and opportunity to work in its member states. It will analyze the application for Bulgarian official documents, its causes and possible consequences. By examining the above mentioned case-study, my attempt is to open a debate on whether the increased foreign passport acquisition is solely driven by existential reasons or it has hidden identity grounds.
ISSN: 1409-5513
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Philosophy 04: Journal Articles / Статии во научни списанија

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