MOVING Horizon 2020 project has formulated its contribution to the open public consultation of the European Commission’s on Brain drain – mitigating challenges associated with population decline.
Brain drain is the emigration of qualified people whose skills are scarce in their place of origin. Its negative effects can occur at national or regional level and aggravate the problems of regions suffering from demographic decline such as rural and mountain areas. Depopulation and ageing are intertwined, exacerbating each other in the regions affected.
In this context, the European Commission (EC) – Directorate General on Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) opened a public consultation on Brain drain, mitigating challenges associated with population decline from 29 March to 21 June 2022.
The Commission’s 2022 work programme (COM(2021) 645 final) includes plans to table an initiative on brain drain and on mitigating the challenges associated with population decline. This initiative will analyse the various drivers and long-term consequences of brain drain, and potential solutions to stop or even reverse it.
It complements previous Commission initiatives to address demographic change as set out in the 2020 report on the impact of demographic change (COM(2020)241 final, the green paper on ageing (COM(2021) 50 final) and – on the specific vulnerability of rural areas – the long-term vision for the EU’s rural areas (COM(2021) 345 final).
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