Embracing the digital age

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Technological change has a huge impact on economies, labour markets and societies. The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated digitalisation trends, which in turn have increased labour flexibility. New economic and employment models match more efficiently labour and skills demand and supply, and provide online employment opportunities. This report highlights how young people in the Western Balkans take up those opportunities, which often become an alternative to migration as they open up new markets and new ways of working and learning.

The report consolidates the analysis of today’s landscape and the future of work for young people carried out in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.

Our research on the changing patterns of work – which started in 2020/21 in the Eastern Partnership region – will now be extended to the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean, and to Central Asia (under the DARYA project).

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