The factors affecting emigration and its implications on the skills shortages: Evidence from the Republic of North Macedonia

Nikoloski, Dimitar and Apostolovska-Toshevska, Biljana (2019) The factors affecting emigration and its implications on the skills shortages: Evidence from the Republic of North Macedonia. In: 6th Scientific Conference “Economy of Integration” ICEI 2019, 5-7 December, Tuzla.

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Abstract

The outward migratory flows from the Republic of North Macedonia to more developed countries have been characteristic for the entire process of transition. The high unemployment rate associated with a significant increase in poverty and social exclusion among several population segments have been considered as most important “push” factors for emigration. According to the theoretical hypothesis, the outward migration movements affect the home country by causing a number of negative as well as positive implications. In this context, we are particularly interested about the labour market outcomes mainly due to the effects of emigration on unemployment reduction and possible generation of skills shortages. Hence, the aim of this paper is first to assess the “push” factors affecting migration from the Republic of North Macedonia and, second to identify whether it potentially causes skills shortages in the Macedonian labour market. The obtained results confirm theoretical assumptions that emigration flows are pronounced for those occupations with low average wage and modest employment opportunities in the domestic labour market. However, the labour market implications of emigration are not clear-cut since reduced labour market pressure for some occupations is potentially coupled with increased skills shortages.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Economics and Business
Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Social and economic geography
Divisions: Faculty of Economics
Depositing User: Mr Dimitar Risteski
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2020 19:51
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2020 19:51
URI: http://eprints.uklo.edu.mk/id/eprint/5756

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