Nurlan came to Moscow a few years ago to work at a construction site. He works 12-hour shifts including weekends. He has a wife and five children to feed in native Tajikistan. In order to save and send more money to his family, he shares a one-room apartment with seven other people. Nurlan’s work is physically… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Migration and remittances
A year ago, masses of people fleeing conflict in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan began to stream through the western Balkans on their way to northern Europe. Like anyone following the news closely, I was deeply moved by the chaotic scenes of crowded fields and train stations. A year on, these images have all but disappeared, but… Read more »
Our region has seen countless examples of how development brings a country one step forward, only to have disasters, conflicts and other crises take it two steps back. Whether the armed conflict in Ukraine, the floods in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, or the migration and refugee crisis that has hit Southeast Europe, it’s evident… Read more »
Imagine yourself the mayor of a small border province in Southeastern Anatolia five years ago. It is a big day for you.
Economists and development professionals are not always natural bedfellows. I suspect that most fund managers often disregard the development folks with their “fuzzy math” and wonky jargon. Similarly, a lot of development professionals probably don’t understand how a credit-default swap works. Does it matter?
Nowadays, migration is a regular part of our lives. Migration, in fact, launched the whole process of sustained attention to the issue of Roma exclusion in the European Union. But is Roma migration really as huge as it’s portrayed by the media? What are the main reasons for Roma to migrate and do they fulfill… Read more »
What do people in Chişinău say they need for a better life? Of course we need to closely follow the progress of each Millennium Development Goal (MDG), but have you ever thought: What is the development story behind the MDGs in various national contexts? The importance of such a development story goes beyond even ‘passing… Read more »
Powerless: The story of the Rodić family before and after solar powered electricity Going off-road in Bosnia and Herzegovina seems like traveling back in time. Just a few kilometres into the countryside and you’ll find people who have returned to their pre-war homes living like their grandparents. No electricity. No TV. No refrigerator. The Rodić… Read more »
You’re invited! We’re having a conference on 15 March: “From pilots to outcomes,” which will focus on evidence-based lessons on the socio-economic inclusion of Roma communities. The conference will take place simultaneously in Moldava nad Bodvou, (Slovakia) and Brussels, (Belgium) – and will be livestreamed. We’ll also be tweeting live from the event, so join… Read more »
Last week I was in Albania working with the local UNDP office on migration issues. It’s a very topical subject in a country where (See: Connecting with emigrants, OECD): Roughly one third of the population lives abroad Some 10 to 15 percent on the national income comes from remittances It’s leading regional polls on emigration… Read more »