Bulgarian Welfare Does Not Combat Poverty But The Poor

A Review

  • Description

KOI’s 2018 report «The people» against welfare payments: or the art of making those in need ask for more restrictions against themselves» authored by Vanya Grigorova is a follow-up of an earlier, 2016 report entitled Poor Against Poor. That previous report detailed the ever-proliferating types of welfare payments existent in Bulgaria, the common misconceptions about them, and the discursive and policy stratagems the Right deploys to limit access to the social safety nets. The main thesis, then and now, is that the political class and the media rely on a false narrative about the ostensibly «generous welfare system» in Bulgaria and on racist tropes about «minorities abusing the system» in order to justify each round of savage cuts.