Emigration, Mobility and Social Policy      

The post-communist transformation in South Eastern European countries has generally led to the creation of elected, representative institutions and increasingly opened markets. However, this transformation often did not lead to thriving economies and democracies. This has resulted in continues economic emigration from the region towards Western Europe.

Organized at the very “European periphery”, in Macedonia, this conference aims to examine the nature of contemporary economic emigration, demographic trends in the region, as well as the benefits and losses of population mobility. Since important push-factors behind the emigration are the socio-economic conditions, the conference welcomes papers addressing social policy in South Eastern Europe from various disciplines and perspectives. In turn, all these themes will speak to the current and future democratization trajectories for the region.

The conference will bring together local and international historians and social scientists in order to establish new avenues of research and academic debate. It will be held in the premises of the newly founded Mother Teresa University in Skopje, Macedonia from 3d to 4th of May 2018.