Demography expert Goran Penev said on Friday that Serbia’s population is one of the oldest in Europe with every fifth Serbian aged over 65 and every seventh younger than 17.
Penev told the UGS Nezavisnost (union) portal that there are 47 percent more elderly than young people, adding that the average age of Serbians has reached a record high 43.4 years. He said that Republic Statistics Office (RZS) data shows that Serbia had a population of 6.9 million on January 1, 2020 which is less than 50 years earlier. “The number of births has been less than 65,000 for several years which is significantly less than in any year of the 20th century including any of the wars in that century. The number of annual deaths has constantly been higher than 100,000 for 20 years,” Penev said.
Penev cited the results of the latest RZS poll conducted with statistics organizations in other countries which showed that 226,000 people let Serbia between 2011 and 2018 and that 131,000 moved into the country. He warned that the brain drain was especially intense in recent years. Penev also cited RZS data which showed that the labor force on January 1, 2020 was 4.13 million people or 59.6 percent of the population and that nine years earlier the labor force stood at 4.545 million or 62.7 percent of the population.