YOUMIG - Improving institutional capacities and fostering cooperation to tackle the impacts of transnational youth migration

Youth migration is intensifying in the Danube Region and it challenges all levels of administrations. It has new drivers (such as online communication channels and new behaviour patterns) and serious developmental consequences. Emigration of young people may cause a severe loss of labour force and human capital, coupled with untraced incoming transfers (such as social and financial remittances), while immigration, if not properly managed, may result in marginalisation and the underuse of human resources.

  • Most root causes and consequences of youth migration (age 15-34) affect local governments and services
  • Local authorities are often not sufficiently prepared to deal with these situations
  • More precise evidence base, data and policy tools are needed for local governments in the Danube area to respond to challenges
  • A transnational approach which includes statistical and academic institutions can best build the framework for coordinated actions of migrant-sending, -receiving and transit communities

In YOUMIG, 19 partners from 8 countries will work together to support local governments in exploiting the developmental potential of youth migration, leading to a better-governed and more competitive Danube region. The project aims at boosting their institutional capacities to enhance the scarce local evidence on youth migration, contributing to improved policymaking with a focus on human capital. Statistical offices & academic organisations team up with local governments in a complex and tailored transnational cooperation to create local developmental strategies based on improved impact indicators of youth migration. They will also work together to introduce transnationally tested tools to manage local challenges.

Improving institutional capacities and fostering cooperation to tackle the impacts of transnational youth migration
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2718853,1
ERDF Contribution: 2055178,93
IPA Contribution: 255846,17
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 1
Well-governed Danube region
Specific objective
Improve institutional capacities to tackle major societal challenges


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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Hungarian Central Statistical Office Lead partner HUNGARY
Municipality of Szeged ERDF partner HUNGARY
City of Graz ERDF partner AUSTRIA
Institute for Economic Research ERDF partner SLOVENIA
Maribor Development Agency ERDF partner SLOVENIA
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Project News

  • YOUMIG - Regensburg and Graz cities hold roundtable on migration
    - 09-08-2017

    On June 21st, 2017, an expert roundtable was held at the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS Regensburg), creating a platform for information and opinion exchange between representatives of the City of Regensburg, City...

    - 03-08-2017

    In Graz the local YOUMIG Kick-off event took place on June 19th. In two separate sessions, a Migration Forum and a Training Session, experts discussed youth migration in the Danube region from different perspectives. The YOUMIG Kick-off...

    - 28-07-2017

    The kick-off event of the YOUMIG project in Romania was held in the city of Sfântu Gheorghe between 29 and 30 May, 2017. It was organised by the Municipality of Sfântu Gheorghe, a YOUMIG project partner, in collaboration with YOUMIG partners from...

  • YOUMIG - Local kick-off meeting in Szeged
    - 25-07-2017

    The Municipality of Szeged, a partner in the YOUMIG project, organised its local kick-off meeting on 25-26 May, 2017 at the city’s IH Event Centre. On the first day, after a local press conference, a public forum was held on the topic of youth...

    - 19-07-2017

    The Slovak local YOUMIG kick-off was held in the Town Hall of Rača municipality, on May 22nd 2017. The meeting was organised by Rača municipality in close cooperation with INFOSTAT, the Institute of Informatics and Statistics, both...

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