Mixed migrations and development
Only few of the relevant actors have adequately responded to the refugee and migrant crisis, which escalated in 2015. We believe this crisis is a manifestation of an irreversible and unstoppable process, that involves both the „global North“ and the „global South”, and as such represents one of the greatest challenges EU and Serbia will be faced with: a challenge that has its own social, humanitarian and security dimension.
On the other hand, sustainable development of one society can be secured only if education and science are proclaimed as strategic priority of the highest order. This is still not the case in Serbia, where only 0.5% of GDP annually gets earmarked for science. From round tables to public hearings in the Parliament, BFPE has addressed the need to implement a development-based strategy of education; to revert brain drain into brain gain; use our experts abroad as „bridge builders“, by inviting them back as visiting lecturers and researchers; and welcome their inputs in public debates about educational reforms and major issues of Serbia’s development.
BFPE therefore researches issues being at the intersection of mixed migrations and development; be it matters of readmission, integration, education reform, brain drain (or gain).
Acting primarily as a think-tank, BFPE cooperates closely with Group 484, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Serbia, GIZ and SIPRU Team.