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Study on the Diasporas’ Contributions to the Socio-Economic Development in the Western Balkans

The ECONDIAS Mapping Study

ECONDIAS is a mapping study with the overall objective to enhance the Western Balkan diasporas’ contribution to socioeconomic development in their countries of origin, with a focus on business diaspora and entrepreneurship, in order to increase the transfer of knowledge/skills and investments.

Case Studies

Envisaged case studies include the Western Balkans (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo*, Albania, North Macedonia) and five European settlement countries (each with selected migration corridors from WB6 to be investigated).

Settlement Country

Location of origin to be investigated


Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia


Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo*


North Macedonia, Albania


Albania, Serbia


Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Kosovo*


Project Outcomes

  • A mapping of business diaspora engagement (demographic profiles, policies, stakeholders, activities) across the Western Balkans and five European settlement countries
  • A collection of good practices and lessons learned, based on over 150 interviews conducted across 11 countries
  • Policy and programmatic recommendations addressing WB governments and EU

Project duration: November 2021 – December 2022 (14 months)

Funding: European Commission - Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR)



Veronika Bilger, Head of Unit
Maegan Hendow, Scientific Coordinator


* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/99.