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

Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Hungarian Central Statistical Office Lead partner HUNGARY
Institute for Economic Research ERDF partner SLOVENIA
Maribor Development Agency ERDF partner SLOVENIA
Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities ERDF partner ROMANIA
Municipality of Sfantu Gheorghe ERDF partner ROMANIA
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Project News

    - 22-02-2019

    Slovenia is a country with interesting migration data, both in terms of incoming and outgoing movements of people. On 1 July 2018 the total population of Slovenia was 2,067,284. Of this 1,943,441 people were Slovenian citizens and 123,843 were...

    - 25-01-2019

    As its chosen pilot project within YOUMIG, the municipality of Sfantu Gheorghe (Sepsiszentgyörgy in Hungarian) has relaunched the website The site targets young migrants planning to return home as its main readership. They will...

    - 14-01-2019

    YOUMIG-partner from Germany, Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS Regensburg) has its seat in Regensburg, Bavaria, a city of more than 150,000 inhabitants and a long history of multi-ethnic migration flows....

  • YOUMIG - Research in Action: Graz
    - 03-01-2019
    Research in Action: Graz

    Using the potential of young migrant women from the Danube region in Graz In Austria, about 40 percent of all immigrants come from the Danube region; over half are younger than 30. The research conducted by YOUMIG shows that the main...

  • YOUMIG - Interview with demographers
    - 18-12-2018
    Interview with demographers

    Doc. Branislav Bleha, PhD, from the Faculty of Natural Sciences of Comenius University in Bratislava and INFOSTAT´S YOUMIG thematic expert Dr Bleha, you organised a workshop for the YOUMIG project that has just ended. What was its main...

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