MIGRATION AND DEVELOPMENT: LOOKING FORWARD POST-COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic will seem to be under control after the vaccine is available for the most vulnerable groups, thus it might appear as if we are about to get back to our normal life. However, even though the governments’ responses to the virus may be slowly withdrawn, their impact from geopolitics to healthcare to technology will live on. This infers that we cannot return to the world as it was before and we should expect a “post-COVID world” and a” New Normality”. Hence, it is of critical importance to deliberate the “new normal”, the outlook and prospects of post-COVID world.
Current developments indicate that as countries reopen their borders, they will be requiring additional health requirements for travel, which could drive more people into irregular migration pathways. They could also restrict travel and tourism and limit the potential of migration and human mobility in contributing to development. On the other hand, the accelerated adoption of technology and the shift from offline to online channels have created new behaviors and preferences. Many of these new habits are likely to stick and many of the changes might be permanent, which raises questions concerning migration and mobility. What are the trends and patterns of migration in a post-covid-19 era? What will be the impact of the accelerated adoption of technology in human mobility and migration? Will the new way of working be averting brain drain in post-covid-19 era?
This conference welcomes research papers on topics related to migration with particular emphasis on the Post- COVID-19 pandemic implications, such as, but not limited to:
– Migration and development: cultural, political, economic and social impacts
– Protection of human rights, safety, healthcare and wellbeing of migrants
– Security and migration in post pandemic
– Emergence of new global communication
– Economic challenges and opportunities in the New Normal
– Education and e-learning as the ultimate trend
– Psychosocial impacts of virtual networks
– Impact of informatics and cybernetics on societies and cultures
– New horizon for digital design
– The future architectural trends and spatial planning
– Re-dimensioning space in the ‘New Normal’
Venue: “Mother Teresa” University in Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
10 June, 2021
After the agreed solution of the name dispute of our country and expected mutely acceptable solution between the Republic of Kosovo and Serbia, it appears that the region is on a way to overcome political stalemate thus opening a real prospect for region’s integration into the EU and NATO. Unfortunately, this positive trend is also accompanied by a phenomenon such as migration that produces serious demographic consequences that ultimately have an impact on the economy as well as on political stability and security.
This conference aim is to address the phenomenon of migration and integration as a parallel process, as a chance and as a handicap. Such an approach is self-imposing if we consider that the expectations are that the integration has positive effects on the economic development, on one hand, on the other hand, the emigration of a part of the population, most of them young, educated people, will have unprecedented negative consequences in many segments, such as in the sphere of economy as well as demography.
The region is already and will be more and more comforted with emigration coming from countries outside the continent, mostly through illegal channels which present a security threat.
The conference will welcome all the works related to this subject, as well as the interdisciplinary nature, which can help to deepen the theoretical and practical knowledge of this phenomenon, which can be a way of decision-making authority in the methods and approach to successfully manage this issue.