According to the latest analysis, in October 2021, the number of Serbian citizens in the diaspora decreased by 92,000 compared to the same period last year.
This positive trend of Serbian citizens returning from abroad is particularly visible among young people who are highly educated and whose return was accelerated by good business opportunities in Serbia.
Aleksandar Jakovljevic, from the Tačka Povratka circular migration programme, told Tanjug news agency that most returnees are coming from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, as well as Australia, Canada and the USA. “Lately, we have received quite a few calls from people inquiring how they can return to Serbia,” Jakovljevic added.
He also said that the pandemic has brought the biggest changes in migration in the last decade. “The pandemic has accelerated the return to Serbia. The experience of our returnees is generally positive as they very quickly find good jobs and good quality of life, even in the places where they were born,” Jakovljević said.
Research conducted by the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies showed that in the period from 2015 to 2019, 90,000 more highly educated people returned to Serbia than left the country. Jakovljevic thinks that good business opportunities in Serbia will prevent brain drain, particularly among the younger population.
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