Depopulation — Why the CEE Is Not Doomed to Lose People Forever

The real war between the East and the West is just beginning and it is for talent

10 February 2022

Ognyan Georgiev

Marcin Król Fellow

Are they gone forever or just for a while.

If you have ever lived or spent more than a month somewhere in the smaller cities or villages of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), you must have felt it. That inexorable weight of loss, the nostalgia for the past, the yellow posters from a time when the place boomed with people — in living memory, yet seemingly a century ago, the results of depopulation.

The dark spell over this piece of land, locked between the Adriatic, the Black and the Baltic sea, carries one name — depopulation. 

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Ognyan Georgiev

Marcin Król Fellow

Marcin Król Fellow at Visegrad Insight. A long-time reporter and editor in the leading Bulgarian business publication Capital, and currently head Kapital Insights - the English language service for Bulgarian politics, business and economy. He follows regional development, economy, cities and European funding. Georgiev is a Robert Bosch Stiftung and Fulbright alumni, and spent a year in MIT, researching urban migration. Interests include city planning, urban migration and remigration to Central and Eastern Europe, as well as regional and intraregional development.

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