Reversing the brain drain through the Scientific Diaspora in the Western Balkans

Project “Reversing the brain drain through the Scientific Diaspora in the Western Balkans”, funded by the EU/ Western Balkans Fund Joint Action “Support to the promotion of Civil Society regional actions in the Western Balkans” is almost completed.

The Regional Migration Conference held on 24 April 2023, Skopje, North Macedonia, by bringing together a broad range of university researchers from the region, policy makers, civil society and mass media representatives provided an original contribution in the field of migration studies and a set of key recommendations for policymakers in the Region.

Some of the topics discussed in the two parallel sessions:

Diaspora and migration – evidences in the WB
Diaspora Scientists: The challenges of engaging them
Brain drain in the WB – is there a policy remedy for brain drain in the region?
Diaspora scientists as social entrepreneurs
Reversing the brain drain in the Western Balkans– national and regional initiatives
Gender, science and migration discussion in Western Balkans
Early career scientific diaspora of the Western Balkan region: opportunities and aspirations
Connected scientific diasporas impacting science, diplomacy and policy making
The role of CSOs in engaging the diaspora in Western Balkans
Engaging the diaspora in Western Balkans through success stories and best practices.

Many thanks to our partners from the region: Center for Economic and Social Studies (CESS) – Albania; GERMIN, Kosovo and Institute for Strategic Studies and Prognoses (ISSP) – Montenegro.

Last but not least, thanks to our implementing team at the Women in Science Network: Merita Zulfiu-Alili, Elisabeta Bajrami Ollogu, Drita Memeti.

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