5th Young Scholars Forum on Central and South East Europe „Challenges and Opportunities of Migration in and from South East Europe“

Once again the „Young Scholars Conference“ takes place at the University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna. The conference is organised by The Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM).

Application & Information:

Sebastian Schäffer, MA
Mail: s.schaeffer@idm.at
Tel: +43 1 319 72 58 32
Mob: +43 650 880 55 44


Thursday, December 1st

09:15 – 09:20             Welcome Address by Andreas BREINBAUER, Rector (FH) University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna and Secretary General of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM)

9:20 – 10:05                           Keynote Speech: Heinz FASSMANN, Applied Geography, Spatial Research and Spatial Planning at the Department of Geography and Spatial Research at the University of Vienna

10:05 – 10:15                         Preliminary remarks: Ugo POLI, Focal Point Migrations, Central European Initiative (tbc)

10:15 – 12:45             Panel I – Brain Drain or Brain Ciruclation – highly qualified migration

Chair: Andreas BREINBAUER, Rector (FH) University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna

Migration of Albanian students, one of the main channels of brain-drain in Albania

Eriselda Danaj, Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS), Albania

Educational migrations and migration in old age – in the direction of increasing the attractiveness of the countries of Central Europe

Kamil Matuszczyk, University of Warsaw, Poland

11:15 – 11:45             Coffee Break

The migration of young scientists of Ukraine in South East Europe / Cloud Cyber Service “Migration”

Ivan Hahanov/ Tetiana Soklakova/ Artur Ziamand, Kharkiv National University of Radio Electronics, Ukraine

Brain-drain faced by Moldova after signing the Bologna Process: opportunities for qualified workers

Cristina Tibuleac, Alexander Technological Educational Institute, Thessaloniki, Greece

12:45 – 14:15             Lunch

14:15 – 17:45                         Panel II – Liquid migration – split households, split identities

Chair: Roland VERWIEBE, Department of Sociology, University of Vienna

Refugee Stories and Identities among Young People of Bosniak Origin in Germany

Aldina Čemernica, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

The Romanian Diaspora in Berlin

Janka Kathrin Vogel, ‚Friedrich-Schiller‘ University, Jena, Germany

An Ethnographic Study of forced and non-forced migration from Turkey to North Cyprus: Interaction of divided worlds, segregation and conflicting identities

Nihal Soğancı, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences – Athens, Greece

15:45 – 16:15             Coffee Break

Caring Agents? The impact of transnational job agencies on life trajectories of migrants from Central Europe

Eva-Maria Walther, Stockholm University, Sweden

Migration and Transnationalism between Switzerland and Bulgaria

Paolo Ruspini, University of Lugano (USI), Switzerland

International Marriages in the Context of Migration Trends in Poland after 2011

Justyna Michalik, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland

18:00 – 19:00             Migrant deaths along the Romanian border

Panel discussion Oliver Vujović

20:00 Dinner


Friday, December 2nd


09:30 – 13:00             Panel III – Return migrants and remittances – impact and empirical facts

Chair: Elisabeth MUSIL, Department of Geography and Regional Research, Workgroup Applied Geography, University of Vienna

Ukrainians in Poland and Germany: What Role during Euromaidan and Ukraine’s ongoing Transformation?

Andriy Korniychuk, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

Return migration in Shkodra Region – What’s the next step?

Bresena Dema Kopliku, University of Shkodra “Luigj Gurakuqi”, Albania

Second generation Albanian emigrants and “Homeland”

Denata Hoxha-Laro, University “Aleksander Moisiu”, Durres, Albania

11:00 – 11:30             Coffee Break

The complex interlinkages of migration, remittances and family relations in rural Kosovo

Arjola Arapi-Gjini, Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) Halle (Saale), Germany

Return emigrants in post-Yugoslav reality. The case study of Tetovo in Macedonia.

Robert Rydzewski Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland

Shifting the balance: the effects of wartime Serb migration on multiculturalism in Vojvodina

Ralf Grabuschnig, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

13:00 – 14:30             Lunch

14:30 – 18:30             Panel IV – Emigration and expectations – what do we know

Chair: Ursula REEGER, Institute for Urban and Regional Research, Austrian Academy of Sciences


Identification of the migration factors and the evaluation of  selected qualitative aspects of migration mainly of young people

Martina Chrančoková, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia


Factors influencing destination choice among post-EU accession migrants from Poland

Dominika Pszczolkowska, Centre of Migration Research, Warsaw University, Poland

Emigration and expectations – what do we know? What causes emigration and which are the consequences

Magdalena Stojmanovikj, University of Cyril and Methodius, Faculty of Philosophy, Skopje, Macedonia

16:00 – 16:30             Coffee Break


Migrants’ Integration to Bulgaria in the Context of the European Migration Crisis – Challenges and Perspectives

Aleko Stoyanov, Central European University (CEU), Budapest, Hungary

The impact of migration on the position of ethnic minorities in the Province of Vojvodina after the disintegration of Yugoslavia

Ksenija Perković, University of Primorska, Slovenia

Representation of migrant workers: The case study of Ukrainian migrant domestic workers in Italy

Oksana Balashova, University of Kassel, Germany

Rethinking EU-Turkey re-admission agreement from an ethics of immigration perspective

Fulya Felicity Türkmen, Middle East Technical University, Turkey


18:30                          Final remarks and end of conference

20:00                          Dinner at “10er Marie” (Sponsored by the City of Vienna and IDM)


Saturday, December 3rd

09:30                          Excursion to Lower Austria


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