Most Macedonian professors want to emigrate

The Macedonian Institute for Strategic Studies and Education revealed in a recent study that around two-thirds of higher education teachers in Macedonia would consider moving abroad for better opportunities.

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Why this story matters:

The "brain drain" phenomenon is growing in all Balkan countries. Well-educated people flee their homeland not only because they are jobless or underpaid, but because their working environments are trapped in a corrupt value system maintained by local political elites. Those who don’t want to be part of institutionalized fraud choose to escape.

By escaping, they make more room for the corrupt system to grow and spread.

And by migrating to EU countries as non-EU citizens, they become vulnerable to:

a) immigration offices who inflict ridiculously elaborate procedures on immigrants, most of whom are so desperate they would exchange their own kidney for a work visa;

b) employers who want to exploit a highly-educated and enthusiastic workforce at low cost.

So far, thousands of meetings, round tables, public debates and policy papers around the Balkans and the EU have discussed the "brain drain problem".

Conclusion? Yes, there's a problem and oh yes, someone should fix it. 

If that "someone" never shows up, can the last one to leave please turn off the lights?

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Details from the story:

  • More than 20% of professors and assistant professors have already applied for a job abroad, according to the Macedonian Institute for Strategic Studies and Education.
  • Respondents said the reasons why they want to leave are: low standard of living and wages, lack of access to promotions, and political influence in universities, which often hampers promotion based on merit.  
  • The research indicates that a majority of the teaching staff wishes to move to more developed Western European countries or to the United States. 
  • The Balkans countries rank among the top "brain drained" countries, according to the World Economic Forum indicators. 

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