According to a recent study, the younger generations in Serbia, despite being dissatisfied with the current situation in the society, are not interested in politics, are not willing to participate in public affairs and are mainly focusing on their private lives.
The study, conducted by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, is part of regional research that took place in 10 countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.
The study was carried out through face-to-face interviews with 1,121 participants between 14 and 29 years of age.
The survey shows that young people are worried about the future and financial issues but are determined to find a better life for themselves individually, and many seek it abroad.
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In terms of politics, they think the Government should reduce unemployment, root out corruption and guarantee social security and human rights.
Transforming their wishlist into a clear political programme should be done under the auspices of the state and social-democracy, which the young people are receptive to, the study says.
Such policy, the study adds, is less ideological, while a significant percentage of the interviewed people belong to political “realists.” They believe that getting rid of corruption and solving the Kosovo and Euro-integration issues are critical problems which require making difficult decisions.
The acceptance of the European identity, positive opinion about the European democratic values and the effects of the European Union membership points out that a clearly articulated vision about Europe will potentially fall on fertile soil among the young people in Serbia, the study says.
Consistent and comprehensive system protection and promotion of democratic values in the society is what young people think is needed the most. That would lead to more significant economic achievements and thus young people’s greater satisfaction with institutions and democracy.
There are many differences among the youths in socio-demographic variables like the gender, social-economic position and place of living and they are less expressed than the similarities among them.
It seems that mass media and the Internet have managed to unite their life values and opinions to a great extent, the study says.
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