Event Title

The Impact of Diaspora on Local Economic Development in Post-COVID-19

Session

Political Science

Description

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, many companies were forced to work remotely. Although many people lost their jobs, this mode of operation has been profitable for some others because it has enabled them to be employed and generate income. The rapid development of technology and digitalization, seem to affect New Normal because remote work will be needed as never before, which is an excellent opportunity for overseas jobs. Call Centers, which operate in Debar (North Macedonia) for more than a decade, have developed their work uninterruptedly during the time of the pandemic and have not fired employees. These Call Centers, which are an idea and investment of the US migrants from Debar, with the employment of over 350 workers, have influenced the local economic development and beyond. This research, through interviews with managers of these companies and conducting focus groups with their employees, aims to highlight the role and importance of these overseas companies in local economic development, thus being a model for other countries as well, where the diaspora claims to have a positive influence in the country of origin.

Keywords:

: Covid-19; Digitalization; Economic Development; Diaspora; Debar.

Proceedings Editor

Edmond Hajrizi

ISBN

978-9951-550-47-5

Location

UBT Kampus, Lipjan

Start Date

30-10-2021 12:00 AM

End Date

30-10-2021 12:00 AM

DOI

10.33107/ubt-ic.2021.265

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The Impact of Diaspora on Local Economic Development in Post-COVID-19

UBT Kampus, Lipjan

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, many companies were forced to work remotely. Although many people lost their jobs, this mode of operation has been profitable for some others because it has enabled them to be employed and generate income. The rapid development of technology and digitalization, seem to affect New Normal because remote work will be needed as never before, which is an excellent opportunity for overseas jobs. Call Centers, which operate in Debar (North Macedonia) for more than a decade, have developed their work uninterruptedly during the time of the pandemic and have not fired employees. These Call Centers, which are an idea and investment of the US migrants from Debar, with the employment of over 350 workers, have influenced the local economic development and beyond. This research, through interviews with managers of these companies and conducting focus groups with their employees, aims to highlight the role and importance of these overseas companies in local economic development, thus being a model for other countries as well, where the diaspora claims to have a positive influence in the country of origin.