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 the youth 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 marginalization and the underuse of human resources.

Most of the root causes and consequences of the migration of the youth (aged 15-34) affect the local governments, however, many of them are not sufficiently prepared to deal with the situation. In order to give a proper response to the challenges arising from youth migration and to manage its impacts, local governments of the Danube area need more precise evidence base, data and policy tools. The complexity of the issue calls for a transnational initiative that includes statistical and academic institutions as well, in order to create the framework for coordinated actions of migrant-sending, -receiving and transit communities of the Danube area.

YOUMIG, in which 19 partners from 8 countries will work together, wishes 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 multi-level and transnational cooperation to create local developmental strategies based on improved impact indicators of youth migration, and to introduce transnationally tested tools to manage local challenges. As a result, institutions and stakeholders obtain increased capacities through an intensified cooperation.

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

    - 14-03-2017

    Partners of the YOUMIG project met in Budapest, Hungary on March 2-3, 2017 to kick-off cooperation in the next 30 months and to review the project objectives and share ideas on the best approaches to implementation.   First...

  • YOUMIG - Kick-off conference to be held in Budapest on March 2-3
    - 16-02-2017

    The YOUMIG project will start off by holding an international conference and kick-off meeting in Budapest, Hungary on March 2-3, 2017.            Photo: KSH The event will be held at the Hungarian Central Statistical Office...

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