Zoran Djordjevic, Serbia’s Labour Minister, said on Friday that most young people between 15 and 24 years of age were going abroad, but added the state had a plan to reduce the economic migration, the Beta news agency reported.
He did not elaborate.
Speaking to the Belgrade Hepi television, Djordjevic said that since the dawn of this century 654.000 people left the country.
In October 2018, organisation Serbia21 and the Centre for Free Election and Democracy (CESID) published a survey discovering the reasons tha made people leave the homeland, showing living standard, low income and reduced chance of finding a steady job as the greatest motivators for moving abroad.
The worst data showed that 90 percent of those who had migrated did not see their children’s future in Serbia.
Over a third of the polled, 35 percent, said they would return once retired, while 41 percent had no plans of coming back.
The vast majority of those who planned to migrate chose the West as their destination. The data showed 85 percent of potential migrants wanted to go to the European Union countries and the North Americas.
Russia was the choice of two percent of the people covered by the survey, while 25 percent of the polled wanted to see their future in Germany.
The study showed that over 90 percent of people who had left as well as of those who were still in Serbia believed that living abroad was better than at home.