SEEMIG is a strategic project funded by the European Union’s South-East Europe Programme. The project aims to better understand and address longer term migratory, human capital and demographic processes of South-East Europe, as well as their effects on labour markets, national and regional economies. The main goal of the project is to empower public administrations to develop and implement policies and strategies by using enhanced datasets and empirical evidence. SEEMIG is managed by the Hungarian Central Statistical Office (Lead Partner of the project) and the partnership includes research institutes, statistical offices and local governments from eight countries, and observers from further three countries. SEEMIG is a Danube project contibuting to Priority Area 09 of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region "To invest in people and skills".
Follow-up possibility for SEEMIG - the COST Action Proposal
The scientific findings and results of the SEEMIG showed evidently that further research and dialogue is to be carried out in the field of migration. Based on the idea of further cooperation a COST Action Proposal called "Improving the capacity of migration data collection ecosystems” was elaborated and then submitted in March 2015.
The Main Proposer of the Action is the Hungarian Central Statistical Office. The existing partnership consists of 9 other institutions from various countries (Austria, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Slovenia and Spain). In case the Action proposal is supported, the partnership can be further extended. There are already 5 institutions that signalled their willingness to join in implementing the project.
SEEMIG results in Central and Eastern European Migration Review
In the latest CEEMR (Central and Eastern European Migration Review) volume you can find an article on the bases of SEEMIG project results. Fassmann, Heinz – Elisabeth Musil, Elisabeth – Ramon Bauer, Ramon – Melegh, Melegh – Gruber, Kathrin: Longer-Term Demographic Dynamics in South-East Europe: Convergent, Divergent and Delayed Development Paths. Download the full volume from here.
SEEMIG Results and Recommendations - Final brochure
SEEMIG Final Conference - presentations
The presentations of the SEEMIG Final Conference Migration and development - Strategies to improve data systems (21 October 2014) are available here.
Press conference Budapest, 15 October 2014, 9 am
Final Conference, 21 October 2014 Budapest
SEEMIG will have its final conference Migration and development - Strategies to improve data systems on 21 October 2014 in Budapest, at the Hungarian Central Statistical Office. Participation at the event is subject to registration. You can download the draft programme here. For further information, please contact the organisers.
Transnational policy recommendations – draft document for the Final Conference of SEEMIG
The purpose of the SEEMIG transnational policy recommendations regarding migration data is to help decision-makers understand the policy actions that are necessary for reforming the data systems related to international migration in the South-East European region. They are also intended to streamline national sectorial policies and EU/regional programming until 2020. The recommendations target national policymakers and statistical offices in the SEE region (also those not directly involved in SEEMIG), as well as national policymakers of European countries outside the SEE region and EU level policymakers. They might be of further interest to other stakeholders, including practitioners and researchers.
Population projections for Hungary and Slovakia at national, regional and local levels
Six scenarios of the future national population development have been prepared for both Hungary and Slovakia. The most frequently used three-variant demographical forecast represents the basic output. It has been prepared with using of most commonly applied Cohort-Component method in the deterministic (variant) way. The three major components of the future demographical change are modelled, namely the processes of fertility, mortality and migration. The respective estimated rates of probabilities of these processes are being applied to demographical cohorts.
Surveying emigration - report on the second stage of the pilot study in Hungary and Serbia
The research report on the second stage of the pilot study surveying emigration in Hungary and Serbia has been published. The report provides information about the potentials and the limitations of an innovative method of researching emigrants from a particular country in a systematic and statistically reliable manner.
Migration Management at the local level
A joint working group meeting as a side event to the 3rd Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region will be organised with the participation of SEEMIG and MMWD between 24 - 25 June 2014 in Vienna.
SEE Migration Roundtable - 7 May 2014 Trento, Italy
The SEE Migration Roundtable entitled 'Data system reform for Managing Migration Effects in South-East Europe' will be organized in Trento (Italy) on 7 May 2014. Roundtable will present SEEMIG findings related to the identified pitfalls and adequate actions to address the problems on enhancing datasets and databases to contribute to a process of better management of migration impact in Central-Eastern Europe in general and partner countries in particular. The roundtables aim at facilitating transnational dialogue of results between SEEMIG and other projects, actors operating in the SEE area and facing similar challenges as those tackled by SEEMIG.
Surveying emigration - report on the first stage of the pilot study in Hungary and Serbia
The research report on the first stage of the pilot study surveying emigration in Hungary and Serbia has been published. The report provides information about the potentials and the limitations of an innovative method of researching emigrants from a particular country in a systematic and statistically reliable manner.
Press release in Slovenia for International Migrants Day
Slovenian partner Institute for Economic Research issued a press release for International Migrants Day. The release highlights the key points of the recently published country report Analysis of existing migratory data production systems and major data sources in Slovenia.
Press conference in Romania
Romanian SEEMIG partners the Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities (Cluj-Napoca), the Municipality of Sfântu Gheorghe, and the Harghita County Council organised a press conference in Sfântu Gheorghe on 28 November 2013. The press conference was focusing on the results of the analysis of existing migratory data production systems and major data sources in Romania and the SepsiNet (www.sepsinet.ro) webpage, a project of the local government of Sfântu Gheorghe dedicated to the emigrants of the town.
Press conference in Ljubljana, 8 October 2013
The Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU) organised an international round table on migration and labour market, with a special focus on SEEMIG. Researchers from ZRC SAZU was joined by the international graduate students of the European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations study programme (EMMIR - Erasmus Mundus) to discuss the preliminary results of the SEEMIG project and talked about the future perspectives of migration and labour market.
Mid-term meeting in Belgrade
As SEEMIG reaches halfway through project implementation, partners are meeting in Belgrade between 19-20 September 2013. Main results of the dynamic historical analysis of the region will be presented. Partners will discuss reform ideas and exchange best practices to improve data production systems of the participating countries. Latest update on the pilot research on out-migration will also be on the agenda. Professional outputs will feed into action plans and trainings realised in the second half of the project.
Capitalising experiences for inclusive growth and job creation in the Southeast Europe area 2014+ is the title of the next meeting organised by the SEE JTS in the framework of the SEE Capitalisation Process. SEEMIG representatives are going to host the workshop on Employment and demographic change.
SepsiNet is launched
SepsiNet, a project initiated by Romanian SEEMIG partner, the Town Hall of Sfântu Gheorghe/Sepsiszentgyörgy is now launched. The www.sepsinet.ro website connects people originating from Sfântu Gheorghe/Sepsiszentgyörgy and living worldwide. The online platform provides a virtual meeting place for this community and it is a space where members can interact and exchange opinions, debate on topics related to Sfântu Gheorghe/Sepsiszentgyörgy.
SEEMIG is citied on Bloomberg News
Capitalisation at the SEE Annual conference
The annual conference organised by the South East Europe Programme in 2013 took place on 19 June in Bucharest, Romania, gathering more than 400 participants under the title ‘SEE achievements in view of the new programmes in the area’. The event focused on the one hand on the linkage between the present and future of territorial cooperation building on the achievements gained by the SEE programme and projects during past years preparing the two new programmes in the area (Danube and South East Gateway). Projects working on the same topic participated at workshops to explore synergies and possible future cooperation. The event also marked the first step of the SEE Capitalisation process in which SEEMIG is leader of Thematic Pole 'Employment and Demographic Change'.
’Hungarians abroad’ – migrant survey is launched
Online and telephone-based survey was launched in Hungary in early June. The survey is conducted among Hungarians identified in the first wave of the Labour Force Survey 2013. Respondents are asked to complete a short questionnaire about their migratory motivations and expectations as well as their experiences abroad. The survey is carried out by the Demographic Research Institute in Hungary.
Second SEEMIG Newsletter is issued
The second number of the SEEMIG Newsletter has been issued in English, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Italian, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak and Slovenian. Read them online, or subscribe for them on the homepage.
International Conference in Budapest
The Hungarian Central Statistical Office hosted the international conference entitled Demographic change, migratory and labour market processes in South Eastern Europe. The 22 May 2013 conference was opened by Gabriella Vukovich, president of the Hungarian Central Statistical Office, Dragan Vukmirović, director general of the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia, Johannes Gabriel representing the South East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme and Attila Melegh, project manager of SEEMIG. Three distinguised lecturers presented in the plenary session: Arland Thornton from the University of Michigan, Martin Kahanec from the Central European University and Tamás Köpeczi-Bócz from Corvinus University, Hungary. The plenary was followed by inter-disciplinary workshops.
Newsletter on and for local development
The March 2013 newsletter issued by the Research Unit on Local Development at the University of Trento, SEEMIG project partner, gives an overview of the latest development of the last 6 months of the project. The article explains how - applying the push and pull model - the dynamic historical analysis of the participating countries and the description of data-systems will eventually feed into strategic documents with recommendations on how to improve data-collection methodology and procedures.
Hungarian Chair at the UN Statistical Commission
Gabriella Vukovich, President of the Hungarian Statistical Office, Lead Partner of SEEMIG, was re-elected for Chairperson of the United Nations Statistical Commission at the 44th session of the Commission, 26 February - 1 March 2013.
Conceptual framework and Data requirement paper is published
The first two working papers to elaborate the theoretical and analytical framework for the interrelationships of demographic, migratory, labour market and human capital processes and to measure these processes have been published and now available on the website.
SEEMIG - MMWD joint conference 13 February 2013, Vienna
Representatives of the two South-East European projects met in Vienna for a knowledge sharing event: to explore synergies and exchange experiences of conceptual frameworks developed for their strategic work in understanding migratory, demographic and human capital processes.
Transnational Working Group Meeting 11-12 February 2013, Vienna
Launching Conference 19-20 September, Bratislava
SEEMIG Managing Migration and its Effects in South-East Europe - Transnational Actions Towards Evidence Based Strategies
The project is funded under the 3rd call of the South East Europe Programme.
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