Type of publication: Study

Author(s): Smiljka Tomanović, Dragan Stanojević
Publisher(s): SeConS, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
Year: 2015

Topic(s): Youth and children
Program(s): Research

This study explores attitudes, beliefs and expectations of young people aged between 15 and 29 on various social issues important to them, but at the same time highly topical in Serbia. According to the last census, young people in Serbia accounted for 21.07 per cent of the Serbian population. The time in which they were born and grew up is the state of constant social, economic and political crises, both locally and globally. What are expectation and aspirations of the generation that live in the so-called “extended present”, with no long-term view of the future? What are their personal experience, and civil and political observations? Answers to these questions are an important indicator of development tendencies of the entire community.

The study shows that young people in Serbia still face constraints such as inefficient education, high unemployment, difficult path to financial independence and a deep feeling of exclusion from politics. And yet, their individual perception of their own future are rather optimistic, and their satisfaction with life quite high.

One of the major goals of this survey is to identify the structural differences in the lives of young people since the access to resources is determined by the social origin and position of young people, as well as gender, ethnic, territorial and other differences which affect the chances of social advancement in life.

This study is an important reference point for future publications, activities and policies relating to young people in Serbia, but we also expect to be of great help to decision makers to improve the living conditions of young people and to show younger generation of today that they are much needed in order to build better future in the country still in transition.