Armenians have lived in the lands of today's Bulgarian as early as the foundation of the Bulgarian state on the Balkans. However, there is scarce information about the number of Armenians until the end of the XIX century. In 1881, at the first census of the Bulgarian population, the number of Armenians was 3,440. After the massacres in the Ottoman Empire during the period 1894 to 1915, and the Ottoman-Greek war in 1922, thousands of refugees sought asylum in Bulgaria. Thus the number of Armenians rapidly grew to 47,000.
Towards the end of the last century, the Armenian Portal in Bulgaria amounted to 22,000 people. This number has approximately doubled as a result of the settlement of a fresh wave of refugees from Armenia during the last decade. Since its establishment, the Armenian Portal in Bulgaria has been leading diverse and extensive public life by actively participating in all fields of the country's economic, cultural, and social life.