THE COVID-19 MOBILITY IMPACTS ON THE MIGRATION FLOW IN SOUTH-EAST EUROPE: THE SITUATION IN 2021 AND BEFORE 1989

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Rossen Koroutchev

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In this paper, we analyze the current travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic imposed by the countries from South-East Europe and briefly compare them with those imposed by the Central European countries. By using official data collection of displacement tracking matrices and analyzing the porosity of the borders in this part of Europe, we research the impact of COVID-19 on human mobility and the related economic and social aspects. Discussions are presented regarding this impact on the travelers, the seasonal workers from some of the selected countries, and the immigrants from the Middle-East. A formal analysis is performed relating the current travel restrictions and the travel ban during the iron curtain.

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Koroutchev , R. . (2021). THE COVID-19 MOBILITY IMPACTS ON THE MIGRATION FLOW IN SOUTH-EAST EUROPE: THE SITUATION IN 2021 AND BEFORE 1989. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs, 7(1), 39-50. https://doi.org/10.47305/JLIA21170039k
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Rossen Koroutchev , Group of Mediterranean Studies, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain

Rossen Kostadinov Koroutchev is a Master's fellow of Geography (2008) and International Relations (2010) from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, where later in 2014 he defended his PhD thesis about the European Return and Cyclic Migration. He is currently a Research Associate Scientist at the Group of Mediterranean Studies at the same University and has been recently awarded a visiting research position at the Institute of Geography of the Faculty of Science, the Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, Slovakia. His research is focused on Migration, Borders, and Development issues.

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