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

    - 18-10-2017

      YOUMIG was invited to be one of the two projects of the Danube Transnational Programme participating at the European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels on October 9-12. During the meetings and workshops held at the conference...

  • YOUMIG - Project aims linked to migration research at conference
    - 11-10-2017

    The conference ’Migration in and to Europe, Structures and Processes’ held in Pécs, Hungary, on 6 October 2017, featured a presentation of the aims and research milestones of the YOUMIG project by Deputy Project Manager Béla Soltész. The...

  • YOUMIG - Researchers prepare population projections
    - 28-09-2017

    YOUMIG partners at the INFOSTAT research institute in Slovakia have been working with data on local populations in the seven localities that are partners in YOUMIG. This work was undertaken to estimate how the population would change in each city...

  • YOUMIG - Meet researcher Zoltán Csányi who brings notions like ‘well-being’ into project focus
    - 15-09-2017

    Zoltán Csányi started his research career by taking a degree in economics and international relations from Budapest’s Corvinus university. Haunted by the desire to try his luck abroad, Csányi entered a volunteer programme in a small village near...

  • 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...

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