11:00 - 12:30
Southeastern Europe has seen significant emigration over the past two or three decades. In the last 15 years the region lost almost 4.5 million people and recent forecasts for Croatia and Serbia show that the decline in population will amount to -17.6% for Serbia and -22.0% for Croatia by 2040. The massive emigration of young and highly qualified people to Western Europe is challenging the future development of the societies in the region, both from an economic (‘brain drain’) as well as from a political (‘national identity’) perspective. These perspectives on the emigration phenomenon can easily be politically exploited. In this webinar, we want to focus not only on local drivers of emigration but also on possible strategies both in the EU and in the region to promote circular migration and other mobility models. The exchange of views between migration scholars, policy experts and activists promises to open up new avenues to understand and cope with the phenomenon.
Mathias Czaika, Head of Department Migration and Globalization
Dr. Vedran Dzihic, Senior Researcher at oiip and lecturer at the University of Vienna
Alida Vracic, Co-Founder and executive Directress of “Populari”, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Europe’s Futures Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna and a Visiting Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR).
Samir Beharić, a recent Global Studies graduate from the University of Vienna and Leipzig University, Board Member within the Western Balkans Alumni Association, and a Fellow with the German Marshall Fund’s Transatlantic Inclusion Leaders Network.
Meeting-ID: 982 6680 0538