New publication in cooperation with European Alternatives gives fore to Workers without Borders, or more precisely, the rights of workers from the Balkans inside the European Union. EU citizens and Third Country Nationals are formally in very different situations when it comes to their mobility and rights in the European Union.
However, this binary picture looks much more blurred when workers from Southeast Europe are in focus. The newest, poorest members of the European Union and their neighboring accession countries in the Western Balkans are not only experiencing a demographic decline, youth exodus and a ‘brain drain’, but also effectively subsidizing the economic growth and lifestyle of richer European countries through investment in education and training of workers who leave their countries of origin, and the subsequent loss of social security contributions.
The report pays particular attention to the situation of mobile workers from the region in Germany, given its economic size and recent visa liberalization, but also brings in examples and considerations from throughout the EU.
Kupreška 20, 71000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Subscribe to our mailing list and receive our publications as soon as they are available: send us your contact info via info.soe(at)fes.de
Within the last PTD in 2023, join us on a journey into Southeast Europe's future as geopolitical shifts reshape the region. In this edition, our... More
Over the past century, interethnic relations between Albanians and Serbs have been defined by nationalism that has proven to be unhelpful and... More
In today's hyper-connected society, cyberspace is closely intertwined with our daily existence, influencing everything from public services to private... More
Over the past few decades, migration dynamics have significantly shaped Southeastern Europe as a region. Most recently, Southeast Europe has been... More
Europeanization or marginalization? Despite the European Union’s (EU) emphasis on the free movement of workers within the EU as part of the... More
This winter, eyes across Europe are on thermostats and energy bills, and concerns over energy supplies are overwhelmingly present. The threat of... More
Ahead of tomorrow's EU - Western Balkans summit, we are sharing a reflection on a proposal that has raised a few eyebrows among the Western Balkans... More
The launch of the European Political Community (EPC) has taken the Western Balkans aback. Yet the need for political engagement on strategic issues... More