Call for proposals – Measures for Serbian diaspora and returnees

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Call for proposals – Measures for Serbian diaspora and returnees

March 25th, 2021

Who should apply: Prospective consultant/s with relevant experience
Deadline: March 30, 2021


In Serbia, as well as in the rest of the Western Balkans region, emigration trends are undoubtedly worrying and public discourse on youth emigration is often oversimplified. Youth emigration is one of the most urgent issues to be tackled in the coming period. Some of the world’s fastest shrinking and ageing countries are in South-East Europe. According to UNFPA, nine of the world’s ten fastest-shrinking countries are in Eastern Europe and governments are concerned about negative consequences for the economy, social systems, and society in general.

COVID-19 pandemic brought into light the increased interest of the diaspora to return to Serbia. This was reflected in the readiness of the government to enact and implement a series of measures relating to residence and taxation that were specifically aimed at returnees. Directive on criteria for categorizing foreigners and temporary residence permits allows highly qualified foreigners to recognize their academic degree before the Agency for Qualifications and ask for temporary residence of up to one year.

WFD wishes to follow up on this specific issue, and further support and improve the ongoing processes related to the status of foreigners of Serbian origin (those who due to their origin can and would apply for Serbian citizenship).


The consultant/s shall:

1. Give a general overview of a current problem that foreigners of Serbian origin (those who due to their origin can and would apply for Serbian citizenship) face challenges regarding the procedures for temporary and permanent residence, indicating the potential for a policy shift.
2. Provide a policy proposal (including a cost-benefit analysis, list of relevant stakeholders and a plan of potential activities) on achieving the shift in the context of fast-track permanent residence for foreigners of Serbian origin and the context of promoting circular migration.
3. Participate in meetings with selected key stakeholders on this issue (including, but not limited to – Parliamentary committee on diaspora and Serbs in the region, Prime Minister’s cabinet, relevant CSOs, think tanks, etc.) and present key findings from the proposal.

For more information on the propositions, deadlines and requirements, view the full version of the call for policy proposals.

All documents should be sent to the WFD Serbia office at at the latest by March 30th, 2021 (CoB).
For additional questions, please contact Bojana Miković, WFD Programme Manager at

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