Labour migration in the Western Balkans

Balkan Focus series

Policy Brief

15/04/2024

Labour migration in the Western Balkans. Consequences for the region’s democratic life

Labour migration is a phenomenon that is rooted in the structural problems of Western Balkans societies, such as the high rate of youth unemployment, a poorly performing labour market and inadequate welfare systems. 

The phenomenon has severe repercussions not only on the quality of internal services, such as healthcare and highly qualified jobs, but also on the democratic stability of the countries analysed. 

This policy brief provides an overview of the causes and consequences of labour migration from the Western Balkans, concluding with recommendations for the region’s national governments and for the European institutions on how to address the problem jointly.

The Balkan Focus policy brief series, published in cooperation with Centro Studi di Politica Internazionale (CeSPI) and Karl Renner Institut, is realised in synergy with the Friends of the Western Balkans (FoWB) project. It provides the FoWB network with background analyses on current political developments in the Western Balkan countries, as well as on the debate and process of European enlargement. The policy briefs also factor in the outcome of the debate held by the FoWB members. Three more policy briefs will be published later this year.

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