Online event "How Migration, Human Capital and the Labour Market interact in Albania"

The countries of the Western Balkans are characterised by declining populations driven by low birth rates, ageing populations and ongoing emigration. Emigration from the region has been constant since the 1990s, evolving from irregular, low- to medium-skilled labour migration to regular family reunification, international students and, more recently, high-skilled labour migration.

In 2020, the European Training Foundation (ETF), together with the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw), launched a regional study entitled ‘Migration dynamics from a human capital perspective in the Western Balkans’. Its aim was to shed light on the triangular relationships between human capital formation, labour markets and migration, and to determine how the current functioning of the education system and labour market affect migration in each country.

As a result of the study, a country report “How Migration, Human Capital and the Labour Market interact in Albania” was produced based on a common analytical framework developed by the ETF and wiiw.

The objective of the webinar is to present and discuss the main findings of the country study in a small group of participants from relevant public institutions, researchers, civil society and donors in Albania. Topics of discussion will include the educational/skill composition of emigrants from Albania, the reasons and types of recent migration flows, the impact of the labour market and educational structures on migration and key policies to improve the triangular relationship between migration, education and labour market.

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