Assist. Prof. Yelis Erolova, PhD, conducted field research in the cities of Varna and Balchik in the period from 5 to 11 October 2021. She met with elderly members of Roma families whose children live and work in Germany and the United Kingdom. In Balchik, Yelis Erolova was able to deepen her observations on the Roma immigrants in Poland and the effects of their remittances, which were recorded 10 years ago and discussed in various scientific publications.

Balchik, Roma area in the Neighborhood

The researcher presented the results of her fieldwork in Varna, Balchik and the village of Vardun, Targovishte region at the international online conference “Social Inequalities and Quality of Life”, organized by the Research Institute for Quality of Life at the Romanian Academy and the Romanian Sociological Association from 15 to 19 November 2021. In her paper titled, „Effects of Emigration on Roma Families Left-Behind in North-Eastern Bulgaria“,  she compares different examples of lifestyle changes and tourism opportunities of retired and employed members of separated Roma families under the influence of their emigrant relatives abroad.