How do young people in South-Eastern Europe and Serbia spend their time? What values matter to them and what do they want to do in life? What are young people most afraid of today? To what extend do they believe the Government and European institutions, how much responsibility are they willing to take on themselves? Where do they see their future – in their countries or abroad? These are just some of the questions answered by young people as part of the latest “Youth in Serbia 2018/2019” study.
The empirical study on youth across the region of South-Eastern Europe, organized and financed by the “Friedrich Ebert” Foundation, aims to provide insight into the perception, awareness, expectations and views of young generations in Serbia of a changing social-political reality. The study focuses on analysing youth contributions to the democratic development of society in Serbia. The survey of young people aims to help develop national youth policies aimed at their needs, to improve their participation in democratic change processes and design youth policies and social policies regarding education, mobility/brain drain, employment, families, equal opportunities, prohibition of discrimination, etc.
Studies on youth in South-Eastern Europe states in 2018/2019 are part of an international research project implemented simultaneously across 10 countries in South-Eastern Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo*, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia). The project aims to identify, describe and analyse the views of young people and their behaviour patterns in contemporary society. Data was collected in early 2018, and more than 10,000 young people aged 14-29 from the above states took part in the survey. The studies cover a broad range of topics regarding the experiences and aspirations of youth in various walks of life, such as education, employment, political participation, family ties, free time and use of information and communication technology, as well as their values, views and beliefs. The empirical study was published as part of 10 national and one regional studies, printed in English and the national languages.