Migration is one of the major challenges facing the world in the twenty-first century. This phenomenon plays a key role in the natural movement of the population and is gaining impetus in the country and the region. International migration is a growing phenomenon which could make a positive contribution to the development of both the migrant sending and receiving economies. Macedonia is characterized as a migration area, with intensive internal migration, but lately the process of international migration is also increased. The most common reasons for such movements are economical. Economic consequences of migrations and remittances are hardly recognized.

There is a connection between the unemployment and migration rates. The unemployment often is a reason why people decide to migrate. People often are leaving in other countries seeking for better living conditions. When it comes to Macedonia, the most common situation in the households is that one member from the family; usually the father is the migrant who sends money to the family members left behind. Public statistics about the number of migrants are incomplete. Remittances have become frequent income in the households. It is assumed that remittances may impact on education and health of the family members left behind and thus that they increase the education level and quality of life of the citizens of receiving country. With detecting the precise reasons for migration, actions for reducing it may be created; also guidelines for decreasing the level of migration can be provided. The aim of Analytica will be to examine the impact of migration on the standards of living in the country and to provide comprehensive analysis to the public with guidance on some of the issues likely to be faced in measuring international migration. Research from this field would enable us to connect all findings into one entirety and to present Analytica as primary source of information to the public.

Projects under this program:

1. Migration and development in Albania and Macedonia: the effects of remittances on education and health of family members left behind", a project funded by the Regional Research Promotion Programme of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs for the period of 2012-2013, in cooperation with ACSER – Albanian Centre for Socio-Economic Research in Albania.

2. Impact of migration on women empowerment in Western Balkan countries. This project is funded by the Regional Research Promotion Programme for the Western Balkans (RRPP) of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. The project will be implemented in period of 12 months.