Report on Mediterranean economies. Edition 2017
edited by Eugenia Ferragina.

The 2017 edition of the Report published by Il Mulino is now available.


The Mediterranean area today, between unemployment, emigration and new opportunities for economic development.

This edition of the Report on Mediterranean Economies offers an updated political and economic analysis of the state of the region, on the eve of international and global developments that will affect the Mediterranean area, especially the areas most directly involved in conflict and poverty. Some of the key themes of the 2017 edition are: changes in the labour market, also in the context of the continuing economic crisis and deep demographic changes that have taken place in recent decades; the high rate of youth unemployment - especially among women - not only among the poorly educated population, but also among graduates; the phenomenon of brain drain, which causes emigration to the countries of southern Europe, which in turn are characterized by a strong influx of incoming migrants. The challenges they pose to international cooperation are numerous, from promoting stable employment to managing the "structural" emergencies of migration. New policy strategies, including the recently launched EU Migration Compact Plan, are an important effort to better manage migration processes induced by the lack of job opportunities. New development opportunities must also be explored in the spread of the green economy, which in a context characterised by environmental degradation and uncertain climate conditions can represent a challenge and an opportunity for the labour market, provided that integrated investment policies in innovation and vocational training can be promoted.


Eugenia Ferragina is a senior researcher at the Institute of Studies on Mediterranean Societies of the CNR and contract professor of Economics and Institutions of the Mediterranean Countries at the University of Naples "l' Orientale". Since 2005 she has been collaborating with the Report on Mediterranean economies, which she has coordinated since 2014.


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Introduction by Eugenia Ferragina

  1. The political scenario, Roberto Aliboni
  2. Job offer in Maghreb: demographic conditions and prospects, Barbara Zagaglia
  3. Structural changes in the Mediterranean labour market, Salvatore Capasso and Yolanda Pena-Boquete
  4. When "planetary borders" become opportunities: green economy and labour market in Mediterranean countries, Desirée A. L. Quagliarotti
  5. Rights, politics and economics: processes of inclusion and exclusion of women in North Africa in the decade 2007-2017, Ersilia Francesca and Renata Pepicelli
  6. International migration to the southern countries of the European Union: continuity and change, before and after the crisis, Corrado Bonifazi and Salvatore Strozza
  7. Migration and policies: the cases of Algeria and Tunisia, Francesco Carchedi and Michele Colucci
  8. Quality of migrants' trade and skills: the case of the Mediterranean, Giorgia Giovannetti, Mauro Lanati and Alessandra Venturini
  9. Development, migration, sustainability (SMS) at the heart of globalisation and the Mediterranean. International political data and guidelines on development cooperation, migration and environmental sustainability, Marco Zupi