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The National Statistical Institute of Bulgaria - partner in international project for youth migration in Danube region (YOUMIG)

Published at: 13.03.2017 - 10:10
The National Statistical Institute is a partner in a project ‘Improving institutional capacities and fostering cooperation to tackle the impacts of transnational youth migration (YOUMIG)’, which is realized by the Danube Transnational Programme (Interreg - Danube Transnational Programme - ERDF) and it is aimed at evaluation of youth migration and measurement of well-being of youth in the region.

The project has started on 01.01.2017 with 30 months duration. YOUMIG partners are local government bodies, research institutes, universities and statistical offices of eight countries (Hungary, Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Serbia). The project’s lead partner is the Hungarian Central Statistical Office.

YOUMIG project aims to foster development at a local government level and make municipalities capable of tackling the challenges posed by youth migration through boosting migration data accuracy and knowledge exchanges on a transnational basis.

During the project:

- A conceptual approach to the analysis and measurement of migratory, demographic, labour market and human capital processes with a focus on youth migration in South-East Europe will be created;

- Locality profiles for presenting trends and tendencies as well as projections for the future regarding youth migration will be developed;

- A review of existing data systems will be performed and recommendations for more coherent, transnational indicators for statistics related to youth migration in South-East Europe will be made;

- New data on youth emigration at the local level in the project countries will be collected and collations will be done;

- A review of population projections to see how population and development may be affected by youth migration in the countries of South-East Europe will be made;

- Interviews and focus groups with stakeholders and institutions in the field of youth migration will be conducted.

YOUMIG is structured in six working packages (WPs): WP1: Management; WP2: Communication; WP3: Qualitative research - conceptual overview and fieldwork; WP4: Quantitative research (data and indicators, survey); WP5: Pilot actions (mini-projects for young migrants, establishing a migration team within the municipality); WP6: Building strategies. The National Statistical Institute will take part in the activities of all work packages of the project.

The kick-off meeting of the project partners was held on 2 and 3 March 2017 in Budapest, Hungary. The main project activities and their implementation by the end of 2017 by work packages were discussed during the meeting. The National Statistical Institute was presented by members of project management team.

More information about the project can be found on the following web page: