The other side of GPAC²: Kosovo rising

Fellows on our part-time PhD programme (GPAC2) work for governments and international organizations around the world. Their day jobs land them at the centre of events in geopolitical hotspots, meaning they are often better informed than even the best connected journalists. In this new series, we speak with fellows about hot topics and historic events. This time, five years after Kosovo’s independence, we asked PhD fellow Bernard Nikaj about his work in government and how the country is progressing.

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How to Manage Migration in the Western Balkans?

Some birds fly south for winter, driven by the need for warmth and food in milder climates. They face neither physical borders nor restrictions on their movement. The situation for most of humanity, however, is much less straightforward — not least on the fringes of Europe.

The Western Balkans sits on a fault line of ethnic and religious tensions. The histories of Albania and Serbia among others are deeply marked by wars — wars that have sparked waves of migration over the centuries. Yet nowadays migration in and from the region is driven less by political unrest than by mass unemployment, linked in part to the Eurozone crisis.

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