17 Aug 2018

Serbian youth are not involved in politics

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić was 23 when he became an MP, 26 when he got himself a director position, and 28 when he became minister. His political aspirations are noteworthy when compared with Serbia's politically unaffiliated youth of today. 

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Why this story matters:

The 2018 Alternative Report on Youth identified the lack of political participation of youth as one of the major issues Serbia should be concerned about. Young Serbians seem to be interested in politics but are not actively involved in the process.

More than 58% of them believe they don't have any influence on decision making, according to the report. More than 36% of them never vote in elections.

Currently, only four MPs in Serbian Parliament (out of 250 in total) are younger than 30. Three of them belong to Vučić's Serbian Progressive Party (Srpska Napredna Stranka - SNS), while the fourth one represents Serbian Radical Party (Srpska Radikalna Stranka - SRS). Both parties are conservative and nationalistic. 

And that is what young people should be very concerned about. 

Details from the story:

  • Around 21% of the total number of unemployed persons are youth, according to official statistics from June this year. By definition, young people in Serbia are those 15 to 30 years old.
  • Only 12% of young Serbians have salaries that are higher than average monthly income, while 61% of their peers do not have any earnings. 
  • Less than 10% of young people live in their own flats, the rest lives with their parents, in their parents houses, in rented apartments or other alternatives. 
  • An alternative report about position and needs of young people in Republic of Serbia for 2018 was published by KOMS (Krovna organizacija mladih Srbije - Umbrella organization of Serbian youth) in August 2018. The research was conducted between May and July 2018. It included surveys of 1,200 young people. 
  • KOMS encompasses 95 member organizations from across Serbia. 
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