Enhancing cooperation among the Prague Process states

The Prague Process Webinar ‘Demography and migration in the Prague Process region’ with Prof. Ronald Skeldon, Maastricht University and University of Sussex, took place on 30 September 2021.

The webinar focused on one of the widely recognized global processes: the decline of human populations. Rapid population growth accompanied development during the second half of the 20th century. Demographic decline or the potential for decline will underlie development over the first half of the 21st century. This webinar and the accompanying Policy Brief drew attention to some of the inherent tensions created by this process and specifically its linkages with migration, both internal and international. The webinar flagged up the overall demographic trends across the Prague Process countries, identified differences amongst them, and highlighted policy issues that would need to be addressed, particularly in terms of migration policies.

You may watch the recording in English or in Russian.

The Prague Process Repository contains video recordings of all past webinars and policy talks.

About the speaker

Ronald Skeldon is an Honorary Professor at Maastricht University and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Sussex. He was trained at the Universities of Glasgow, Scotland (BSc Hons) and Toronto, Canada (MA; PhD). He joined the University of Sussex in 2000 and was a core member of the Development Research Centre on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty and, from June 2009 to March 2011, was seconded to the Department for International Development (DFID) in London as a Senior Research Fellow. He continued teaching at the University of Sussex until 2017, when he became Emeritus Professor. He joined Maastricht University in 2013 as Professor in Human Geography, becoming Honorary Professor in 2018. He has published widely on issues of migration and development, most recently, the Routledge Handbook of Migration and Development (2020) with Tanja Bastia of the University of Manchester, and a forthcoming Advanced Introduction to Migration Studies for Elgar is due out in 2021. He continues to act as a consultant for many international organizations. He lives in Nairn, Scotland.