According to the latest data, around 11 million Serbs live all over the world, and after the Balkans, the biggest number of them lives in the US – close to 650,000.
Nearly 6 million Serbs live in Serbia, and almost 1.6 million in the countries of the former Yugoslavia. Others seem to have emigrated “across the pond”, mostly to the US and Canada, with around 180,000 of them currently living in the latter.
In regard to Europe, the biggest number of Serbs lives in Germany (450,000), followed by Austria (300,000) and Switzerland (almost 200,000). Interestingly enough, despite its strict immigration policies, there are 80,000 Serbs living in the UK. Finally, close to 120,000 Serbs live in Asia and Oceania, with most of them located in Australia.
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The most sought after worker profiles abroad are medical professionals, nurses and technicians, followed by drivers, cooks and workers at old people’s homes. Also, doctors of medicine, dentists, economists, architects and physiotherapists are very much in demand. However, an average Serb living abroad usually does menial jobs, namely, men do construction and women do maintenance jobs. Many have found employment in factories.
Furthermore, Serbian citizens who are electricians, waiters, shop assistants, designers, veterinary technicians, and car mechanics have also sought employment abroad.
According to the latest official census, 313,411 citizens of Serbia are working abroad, which is 4.2% of the total population. The figures also show that these are mostly young people.
“The average age of external migrants from Serbia is 34.7 years, making them considerably younger than the total population of Serbia, which is on average 42.2 years old. In terms of gender, unlike the total population where women make 51.3%, there are more men among foreign migrants (53.4%). Women make up 46.6% of the total Serbian migrants,” the State Statistical Office says.
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