More than one-fifth of citizens would leave the country, while 90 percent of those currently residing outside Serbia want their children to stay there, according to a research carried out by ‘Serbia 21 – Centre for future of Serbia’ association.
‘Why are people leaving Serbia?’ research was conducted during the months of June, July and August 2018, and it involved 1,000 citizens currently residing in Serbia as well as 2,149 those who moved abroad.
The research results, which were presented in the central city of Kragujevac, show that the surveyed citizens were motivated to leave mostly by well-paid jobs and better standards of living abroad but also by the bad situation in their own country.
85 percent of them would like to move to one of the western countries, while two percent mentioned Russia as their desired destination.
The survey shows that the citizens aged 18-29 are the ones who think about leaving the most, and 45 percent of them is reconsidering to stay abroad forever.
A significant number of those who already live abroad, 92 percent, assessed the quality of their lives better than in Serbia, pointing out better standards, organised countries and security as reasons for that. 41 percent of them do not plan to return to Serbia, while 35 percent would come back only after they were retired.
Serbia Fiscal Council member Vladimir Vuckovic said it would be “naive to think that this problem would get solved but that it may get more or less emphasised.”
“Economy is the reason, but there could be also the largest room to create changes. Exactly because we have so many omissions, so many holes, that’s our biggest chance,” said Vuckovic speaking at the presentation of the survey results.