Last week (20-27 of May 2017), in Skopje, Volunteers Centre Skopje in cooperation with the strategic partner from Germany, MEMOS, implemented study visit, which is the first mobility activity in the framework of the project “Brain Drain, Brain Gain + Circular migration”. The first mobility activity of the project connected together 24 youth workers/leaders, from Macedonia, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The project is granted from the German National Agency, authorized for the implementation of the Erasmus Plus Programme, supported by the European Commission.
In the seven days of the visit, the youth workers/leaders were discussing, sharing information and opinions, collecting data, developing ideas for European and local activities, visiting institutions and CSO’s, making recommendations and conclusions, all in the areas connected with the brain drain, brain gain and circular migration, in the countries involved in the project activity. During the activity days in May, we visited plenty of institutions and local and international CSO’s, based in Skopje, including: The Agency for youth and sport, the City of Skopje, the Confederation of the Free Labor Unions, The Union of the Employers, The Coalition of youth organizations SEGA, the Union for Youth Work, the National Youth Council- Kumanovo, Mladi Info International, ALDA, International Labor Organization, International Organization for Migration and the Centre for Economic Analyses. All of the visited institutions/CSO’s gave us plenty of relevant information, so the participants could create the full picture, regarding the brain drain, brain gain and circular migration in Macedonia.
The next mobility activities that will be implemented in the framework of the project “Brain Drain, Brain Gain + Circular migration” are a conference, which is planned in September in Gradacac, Bosnia and Herzegovina and evaluation seminar in January, in Nuremberg, Germany.