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Pessimistic outlook drives young people to leave Serbia

September 9, 2019

Economic conditions are driving some 51,000, mainly young, people to leave Serbia every year according to Eurostat figures, the FoNet news agency reported on Monday, adding that a recent study shows that pessimism has also become a driving force behind the brain drain.

The Friedrich Ebert Foundation’s study showed that young people listed a pessimistic view of the future of Serbian society as one of the main reasons behind their decision to leave their country.  

The authors of the study said that measures to stop the brain drain could include professional training and education programs financed or co-financed by the government, support for exchanges and cooperation with counterparts outside the country, state help in employment and support for young people to become independent from their families.  

The only measure introduced in Serbia is the announced formation of an expert team to draw up a strategy and action plan to stop the brain drain and bring back people who left, a press release said.

Source: http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a524395/Pessimistic-outlook-drives-young-people-to-leave-Serbia.html

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