Immigrants in Bulgaria should enjoy all fundamental human rights recognized in International Law, regardless of their administrative and legal status (lawful residents, undocumented immigrants or stateless persons). Furthermore, the acquis of the European Union provide additional rights and legal guarantees for certain categories of third country nationals and for the free movement of EU citizens.

FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS

European Convention on human rights 

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

STATELESS PERSONS

1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons

1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness

THIRD COUNTRY NATIONALS

BULGARIAN LAW

Law on foreign nationals in the Republic of Bulgaria

Law on Bulgarian Citizenship

Ordinance on the Work Permits in for Foreign Nationals in Bulgaria

EU LAW

Council Directive 2003/86/EC of 22 September 2003 on the right to family reunification

Council Directive 2009/50/EC of 25 May 2009 on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of highly qualified employment

DIRECTIVE 2011/98/EU OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 13 December 2011 on a single application procedure for a single permit for third-country nationals to reside and work in the territory of a Member State and on a common set of rights for third-country workers legally residing in a Member State

COUNCIL DIRECTIVE 2004/114/EC of 13 December 2004 on the conditions of admission of third-country nationals for the purposes of studies, pupil exchange, unremunerated training or voluntary service

COUNCIL DIRECTIVE 2005/71/EC of 12 October 2005 on a specific procedure for admitting third-country nationals for the purposes of scientific research

COUNCIL DIRECTIVE 2003/109/EC of 25 November 2003 concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents

DIRECTIVE 2008/115/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 16 December 2008 on common standards and procedures in Member States for returning illegally staying third-country nationals

DIRECTIVE 2009/52/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 18 June 2009 providing for minimum standards on sanctions and measures against employers of illegally staying third-country nationals

DIRECTIVE 2011/36/EU OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 5 April 2011 on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims, and replacing Council Framework Decision 2002/629/JHA

DIRECTIVE 2012/29/EU OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 25 October 2012 establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime, and replacing Council Framework Decision 2001/220/JHA

CITIZENS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

Law on the Entry, Residence and Departure from the Republic of Bulgaria of EU Citizens and the Members of Their Families (LERD)

DIRECTIVE 2004/38/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 29 April 2004 on the right of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States amending Regulation (EEC) No 1612/68 and repealing Directives 64/221/EEC, 68/360/EEC, 72/194/EEC, 73/148/EEC, 75/34/EEC, 75/35/EEC, 90/364/EEC, 90/365/EEC and 93/96/EEC

OTHER RESOURCES 

Ilareva, Valeria, Undocumented Immigrants and Their Access to Fundamental Human Rights, Scholars’ Press, 2013

The Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM)

European Web Site on Integration

The Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX)