Contributing to Evidence-Based Labour Migration Policies for Healthcare and Information and Communication Technology Sectors in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) has experienced large migration outflows for many decades. Although comprehensive data on this phenomenon is missing, in the recent years, the number of BiH citizens emigrating has reached alarming proportions. This trend is particularly evident in the healthcare and information communication and technology (ICT) sectors. Despite the high unemployment rate, public institutions and the private sector face challenges in finding and retaining adequate personnel, with a consequent loss for the economy and a negative impact on the welfare system.
Therefore, the overall objective of the project is to contribute to the BiH Government’s efforts to improve migration governance and development of evidence-based policies related to the migration of healthcare and ICT professionals. This will be achieved by gathering evidence on the scope, trends and impact of the emigration of women and men working in the healthcare and ICT sectors from BiH, making these findings available and providing recommendations to national authorities on how to address the challenges deriving from the situation. In addition, through a participatory approach, the project will also identify and provide seed funding to innovative solutions with the potential to mitigate the effects of brain drain and maintain quality healthcare and ICT services in the country.
To implement this project and ensure its sustainability, IOM will work in close coordination with BiH authorities and other government and non-government stakeholders, including the private sector, relevant to the fields of labour migration, labour market and economic development, healthcare issues and ICT.