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What's it Like for You Over There?


Brain drain is a trend in BiH society that reached its peak in the last decade because of the poor political and economic situation in the country, high unemployment and lack of opportunities, and poor living conditions, which are provided to our young people in the countries of the European Union. Young, educated Bosnians and Herzegovinians find their place under the sun mostly in countries where older generations of Bosnians and Herzegovinians have already established themselves, many of whom had to leave BiH in the 1990s because of the war. The existence of transnational communities is considered a mitigating circumstance in choosing the next country, precisely because of certain advantages that community brings. Established regular bus or air routes, cultural and artistic societies, restaurants and shops offering food produced in BiH, facilitated employment, and visa requirements from bilateral agreements signed between countries are the most common reasons contributing to the decision to move to other countries. Looking at trans-nationality in a broader sense, we come to a more specific subcategory: a community that brings together people from on specific city or country located in a host city.

Do trans-local communities help BiH’s citizens to more easily integrate into the society of the host country? Do these communities help them fight the nostalgia which is ubiquitous in the first months of life in the new place?

Senior and EDVACAY fellow Amra Mešić, Senior Fellow Nikolina Sladojević, and EDVACAY fellow Iva Ivanković plan to conduct research by organizing several discussions on the topic with members of trans-local communities abroad, which will provide insight into why their members decided to migrate to a specific city, whether they felt the activities of trans-local communities, and in what sense. They will record videos of every conversation, and will later use them for a video that will be shown during the promotion of the entire project.

Watch ‘Kako ti je preko?’ Trailer

Snapshots from the Interviews

Listen to the Interviews

Interview with Milica from Bihać living in Gratz, Austria

Interview with Pero from Široki Brijeg living near Zurich, Switzerland

Interview with Medina from Bihać living in Gratz, Austria

Interview with Greta from Banja Luka living in Vienna, Austria

Interview with Aljoša from Banja Luka living in Vienna, Austria

Interview with Ema from Sarajevo living in Gratz, Austria

Interview with Katarina from Banja Luka living in Austria

Interview with Nataša and Aleksandra from Banja Luka both living in Vienna, Austria

This project is generously supported by: