Almost two thirds of young people say that they are planning to leave the country and are mostly disinterested in political events; one in three young people does not vote (sometimes only 27% of them vote), does not trust politicians and does not see any institution or individual to place their trust in; these are the results of a survey conducted by the Youth Organization of Serbia (KOMS).
The study “Alternative report on the position and needs of youth in the Republic of Serbia”, conducted on a representative sample of 1,238 young people, of which 51% were women and 49% men, in the smallest communities and in the main cities, produced worrying results regarding the future of young people in this country.
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According to the survey, young people here are not involved and do not seek opportunities in the country’s politics with the vast majority of them having a housing problem. Also, as many as 61% does not have a job that corresponds to their education and sees moving to Western European countries as a good opportunity.
The survey also shows that less than 6% of young people live in their own apartment and that the vast majority (66%) live in a family home and 17.4% in a rented property. This fact delays the creation of an environment in which young people will later become independent and grow up and start their own families – the research shows. This fact is also a cause for young people leaving the country and is certainly one of the biggest problems that Serbia as a society has to face.
Income and independence
Just over 10% of young people have above-average salaries in Serbia, 24.5% have below-average earnings and as many as 65.3% do not earn at all. It should be noted that although a large percentage of young people are still in school (high school and university), the survey data are still worrying. Low wages or lack of earnings both cause the late emancipation of young people from their parents, which directly affects the quality of life of Serbian children.
“To find a good job you need to be a member of a political party and have personal connections, not a degree or other, and young people are aware of this. They themselves are aware that it will not be easy to transition from university to labour market, but if they offered to distribute political materials, a job might become a more easily available,” – says Stefan Djordjevic from KOMS.
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