Almost a half of Serbia’s population between 15 and 19 years of age want to leave the homeland, and a majority of them would like to stay abroad, Dragan Loncar, from the Belgrade Faculty of Economics, said, the Beta news agency reported.
He added Serbia ranks 134th according to the “capacity for keeping talents” index, while the “capacity for attracting talents” index put the country in the 132nd position among 137 countries, the World Economic Forum (WEF) survey showed.
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“In the years to come, up to 25 per cent of educated youths and younger population could leave Serbia,“ Loncar said at the „How to keep Youths in Serbia“ forum, held by the Serbian Association of Managers (SAM).
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) data revealed that over 650,000 people, mostly young, had left Serbia since 2000.
The Ministry of Education’s survey from 2018 showed that 25 per cent of a total of 11,013 students wanted to continue education abroad and that 66 per cent of them would like to stay there.
SAM director, Jelena Bulatovic, said at the Forum that at least 35,000 people leave Serbia in a quest for better living standard and perspective.
“Hence, the Serbian Association of Managers has decided to launch a series of discussions with the business communities, state institutions and faculties in an effort to underline the importance of each and every one of us, in this segment, taking responsibility and try to create conditions for a better life and work of young people in Serbia,” Ms Bulatovic added.
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