Alida Vračić

Director, Think Tank Populari, Sarajevo; Visiting Fellow ECFR Berlin

Europe’s Futures, Non-Resident Fellow
(September 2019–June 2020, in residence September 2019)


Western Balkan Diaspora—Untapped Potential and Global Asset for the Region

How can record highs in the emigration of qualified people from the Western Balkans be beneficial for the region and its prosperity and future growth? Tapping into 6 million strong diasporas may offer some answers. Engaging with the diaspora is critical not only to help consolidate the regional economic outlook, bring the latest cutting-edge technologies into the region and deepen know-how, but even more importantly it can profoundly challenge current political narratives and help bring about much-needed energy and change.