Demographic study

In the time period May-August 2017, the project undertook a study of contemporary demographic changes and challenges for SEECP participants. It was carried out by a team of Bulgarian researchers and aimed to analyze the demographic processes and the resulting challenges to the individual SEECP participating countries and to draw conclusions and recommendations serving as a start-point for a common long-term work on building up working mechanisms at the regional level to manage demographic processes by implementing joint initiatives and projects based on exchange of experience and good practice.

The survey was took on the population of the SEECP participating countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Kosovo, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Moldova, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia, Turkey, Croatia and Montenegro, grouped according to age, gender, education, etc.

The main conclusions of the study are summarized in an analytical report. It consists of four interconnected heads. The first chapter outlines the demographic processes in terms of birth rate, mortality, migrations and their trends of development through the dynamics of indicators. The second chapter, based on a number of social and economic indicators, describes the state and dynamics of population development in SEECP countries in terms of overall economic development, the labor market, education and health. The third chapter highlights the main challenges arising from demographic change, the development of the labor market, social protection, health and education and examines possible policies to address the negative demographic consequences. The fourth chapter summarizes the priorities and perspectives of the joint work and co-operation between the SEECP participants to face the demographic challenges, and further outlining key approaches, guidelines and measures for cooperation and interaction.