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It is interesting to note that despite the fact that the war that led to the breakup of former Yugoslavia does not fully account for the brain-drain highlighted in this article. The brain-drain phenomenon had already been identified long before the collapse of Yugoslavia, and as the article suggested, measures, such as housing provision, had already been put in place to ameliorate its negative impacts.

I think the housing problems, while it had been adequately presented by the author of this article, exemplifies one of the major challenges the post-communist countries are facing in Europe. I think the problem is not unique to early 1990s, but persist until this current time. While one of the cornerstones of European integration is the freedom of movement of people, capital, and goods and services, this also poses a potential problem of highly mobile people moving from the economically less affluent countries to the better developed economies. Obviously it is the highly educated, and very skillful people that could seek better prospects in the Western part of Europe, to the detriment of the countries in the Eastern part, who need these skillful labour the most.

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