Proje: The Mediterranean “Brain Drain” Anna Lindh Foundation Project

The Mediterranean “Brain Drain” Anna Lindh Foundation Project

Location(s) and total duration of the project

Locations: Cyprus, Italy, Turkey, Jordan

Duration: 12 Months

Theme: The project will run under the theme C of the guidelines for the Call for Proposals: Euro-Med Teams of Young Researchers

Overall objective: To enhance and encourage the cooperation and exchange of ideas between young researchers in the highly important issue of migration of expertise (“brain drain”); to research the magnitude of the phenomenon, evaluate the consequences and assess the effectiveness of policy responses. Modalities:

a. Teams of young researchers form Cyprus, Italy, Turkey and Jordan will be formed, will set up a work plan, lead research activity on the socio-economic challenges for the Euro-Mediterranean Region (such as growth, employment and competitiveness, social cohesion and sustainability, quality of life and global interdependence), participate in workshops and present the results of their research at a final conference

Target group: Young researchers working in universities and research institutions: actively involved in the area of migration studies

Expected results:

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. The completion of this project to form the necessary foundations for participating in future programmes, like the 7th Framework Programme of the EU, as well as programmes of other large range institutions. The outcome of the project will contain indicators and relevant collected data that will assist us in designing a more comprehensive project in the future.

2. Young researchers will improve their qualifications and skills and will acquire relevant experience.

3. Handbook on the “Strategic Plan for the absorption and utilization of high-skilled citizens by the source countries”, in English (PM, RE), translated into Greek, Turkish, Italian and Arabic. All 35 Member Countries of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership can use the Strategic Plan, as it will include ways of developing a country and absorbing and utilizing high-skilled (potential) immigrants

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. Articles in Newspapers, magazines, partners’ current websites

5. Radio and TV presentations

Objectives Overall objective

To enhance and encourage the cooperation and exchange of ideas between young researchers in the highly important issue of migration of expertise (“brain drain”); to research the magnitude of the phenomenon, evaluate the consequences and assess the effectiveness of policy responses. It is expected that after conducting this joint project, the researchers would be capable in participating in larger projects. Moreover, it is expected that the particular project will form the basis for a larger project under either the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission or other research cooperation programmes. Specific objectives • To encourage and support public authorities officers (e.g. Ministry of Labour) and policy-makers in developing strategies aiming at assisting the development of their countries and the utilization of their high-skilled citizens. • To acquire qualifications and skills through exchange of knowledge and experience, essential for handling and managing development issues. • To contribute to the reduction of discriminative elements in the society and to job creation. • To design policies for the repatriation of high-skilled immigrants for the prevention of brain drain.

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